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Sri Lanka continues to engage in debt restructuring talks with bondholders

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Colombo, April 17 - In a bid to address its financial challenges, Sri Lankan authorities will continue to engage in debt restructuring negotiations, demonstrating their commitment to equitable treatment among creditors and transparency within the norms of such negotiations.

According to a recent media release issued by the State Minister of Finance, Shehan Semasinghe, discussions with the Ad Hoc Group of Bondholders, representing holders controlling more than 50% of the bonds, have been progressing positively. 

While confidentiality agreements limit the disclosure of specific details, the statement assures stakeholders of the highest possible level of transparency within internationally accepted practices.

The cleansing statement, issued on April 16 marks the conclusion of the first round of confidential discussions with bondholders' representatives. It highlights constructive dialogue and significant progress made on restructuring proposals, with both sides successfully addressing technical issues. 

However, key concerns articulated by Sri Lanka remain to be satisfactorily addressed.

The next steps involve further consultations with IMF staff to assess the compatibility of the latest proposals with programme parametres. 

Subsequently, discussions with bondholders will continue in hopes of reaching common ground before the IMF board considers the second review of Sri Lanka’s EFF programme.

  Comments - 2

  • Buddhist Thursday, 18 April 2024 04:30 AM

    Ranil will drag on these negotiations and use them as an excuse to postpone the Presidential and General Elections. When the time is closer to the Presidential Election, he will pass a referendum and extend his term.

    Pinpala Hodikanda Thursday, 18 April 2024 05:42 PM

    Muwanpalasse Pina, the RW must begin these talks with the Myna brothers sons and company.

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