President Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked the International Monetary Fund a short while ago after the Extended Fund Facility was approved by the IMF Board earlier today.
"I thank the IMF for approving Sri Lanka’s program under the Extended Fund Facility. We are committed to full transparency in our efforts to achieve sustainable levels of debt and our reform agenda. The IMF program is critical to achieving this vision," President Wickremesinghe said.
Tilak Monday, 20 March 2023 11:32 PM
People don't like Ranil.. but he is the best bet we have at the moment to get out of this mess.
Parakrama Siriwardena Monday, 20 March 2023 11:59 PM
Absolutely right. I think the nation should thank him without hating him
Nevins Tuesday, 21 March 2023 12:42 AM
Well done Hon.President, the CBSL governor and all team players for working hard for a relief package like this. We need to see your commitment in other issues that make our lives in jeopardy, into all kinds of difficulties. Trust you would hold an early elections too. Trusting and awaiting
L Jaya Tuesday, 21 March 2023 01:56 AM
Complete violation of the constitution and HR-FR, still these blokes praise him. Sri Lankan are politically infants, some sweetners make those happy. Qua Vardis
Sam Silva Tuesday, 21 March 2023 02:26 AM
Yes. Also Ranil should curtail the corruption that going on.
Ramesh Tuesday, 21 March 2023 02:49 AM
Yes, people should thank him for putting us in more debt. People with sensible thinking will see this borrowing as additional burden on them. IMF had bailed out Sri Lanka in past too. But where are we now.? Did the politicians have learned anything from it. NO.
Ama Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:09 AM
the only negative aspect is that he is JOINING HANDS with SLPP, the party who destroyed everything.
Truth Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:01 AM
MR family also have the same feeling that RW is their best bet.
Sri Lankan Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:17 AM
Don't expect gratitude from ungrateful majority of people
Rathnavali Tuesday, 21 March 2023 12:09 AM
Absolutely right.....he sticks to his plan to get the country out of the economic crisis and at the same time has a 'no nonsense attitude' to ensure the program is carried out for the sake of the country.
Sunil Tuesday, 21 March 2023 12:14 AM
I don't think it is difficult or an achievement to get IMF approval and relief package if you shake your head to all their conditions. But what is admirable and praiseworthy is if you engage, challenge and provide alternative solutions to IMF demands with the minimum hardship to Sri Lanka and its people. For this you need Politicians and Officials with out of box thinking and courage. I don't know whether Sri Lanka followed the 1st or 2nd option.
Lanka putha Tuesday, 21 March 2023 01:48 AM
Rajapaksas should get in higher posts now. Plenty of dollars to spend
Robin Banks Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:25 AM
Ranil sounds like he has rescued the country from Armageddon. It is he and his criminal associates that put the country in this situation in the first place. And it is a loan remember, and it comes with stipulations. So we are still in deep trouble.
Jagath Ekanayake Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:27 AM
The suffering of the people will continue and could get worse, so let's celebrate when we get rid of the Ranil rajapaksa criminal syndicate.
Ceylon man Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:37 AM
We respect ranil for his efforts towards the achievement of lifting the bankruptcy stage. We should have him until we get better off. He should have come to power 10 15 years back. We would have been another Singapore
Nilmini Welivita Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:43 AM
Wow, what an awesome achievement by Ranil. Let's all hold hands and celebrate this windfall. All our problems are solved and we should thank Ranils parents for bringing such a wonderful man to this world to rescue us from our misery.
Presidential media unit Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:48 AM
Ranil deserves the nobel prize for this achievement. We hope he is the president for life. People of this country should be grateful for the president for rescuing them from misery.
Nilmini Welivita Tuesday, 21 March 2023 03:51 AM
Thank you Mr president, I was blind and now I can see. May the triple gem bless him.
Sivalingam Tuesday, 21 March 2023 04:50 AM
Ranil is part of the system that created this mess.
Always break down Tuesday, 21 March 2023 05:25 AM
Thank peoples patience.
IMF fooling every one Tuesday, 21 March 2023 05:45 AM
IMF has to approve and give only to show with a big fuss. IMF need to give this money to MAKE MONEY FROM SO-CALLED POOR COUNTRIES If you don't make money from the so called "poor countries" ,you will be forced to close the IMF.
ah Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:03 AM
Lets work towards the prosperity of our mother country without any critiques. Thank god first and the Honourable President and his efficient team in securing this bailout for the country. Mr President we appreciate your calm and untiring efforts. Only you were and are capable of turning it around
Ruwan Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:27 AM
kaapalla, beepalla, jolly karapalla.
Indika Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:50 AM
So true. He did what others couldn't do. We all should help him to get us out of this mess now
Lank Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:50 AM
Ranil is master planner and thinker ...he does things in his own way ...He is very much politically crafty and educated person ..He knows what to do and how to deal with the financial issues ..only problem with him is his arrogant and his helping thieves...that is why some don't like him...He is part and parcel of this problem..he wants to make Politics out of this crisis.. That is why some don't like him but he has all skills and talents to deal with any issue . Your educated enemy better than uneducated friend
Dee Tuesday, 21 March 2023 07:57 AM
We all should be thankful for Mr. RW (not HE like the jokers who were aspiring) People were fooled by those insignificant politicians saying no recovery without LG election etc. what can those appointed to look after the basic day to day activities of a town do towards turning around an economy which has been ruined? At least now let’s get together! The “oppressed “ people can have their chance in a latter date. Then the people can really think and decide which way to go irrespective of which way the needle turns! Now we are facing IMF Armageddon!
Gamini Karunaratne Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:15 AM
Great achievement by His Excellency the President Hon Ranil Wickramasinghe with the support of CBSL. Congratulations. Now the country will move forward. Economic recovery is guranteed. Hats off to you all who relentlessly work for this target. This will definitely lead to fast recovery. Reply
Jagath Ekanayake Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:33 AM
Things are so pathetic with this idiotic government, getting a loan is celebrated like winning the world cup. Wake up idiots we have to pay the loan back with interest.
Jude Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:35 AM
Hey buddy, it's not Free money, or a gift, it's borrowing and more borrowing!! We're in this mess because gov't spent the Souverign Bonds money like Sailor on Shore!! Huh!!
Gon Ranil Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:37 AM
Any idiot could have got this IMF loan approval. It is just a loan, so stop acting like you got Tesla, Google and Amazon to move thier operations to SriLanka.
Ane mage Kata Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:44 AM
Whoopi hoooo....free money to do whatever we like and never have to pay it back. Ranil you are a genius.
lester Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:45 AM
Tilak - Are you out of your mind? He is a savior because he got us another loan? A true leader would have got us out of this mess without any more debts. This is like a struggling company going to a bank begging for another loan so it can stay a float for few more years .
Be Fair Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:47 AM
Reading the earlier two comments, for sure I dont like him. But he is the only person who has got LKA out of the mess, and for that I respect him as a Sri Lankan
Ranil the magician Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:49 AM
Ranil and the pohottuwa ministers should be nominated for a Nobel prize for the overnight recovery of the economy.
Mursheed Idruus Tuesday, 21 March 2023 09:20 AM
*More from ChatGPT* Amidst the world's financial strife, The IMF loan enters our life, A helping hand from a distant source, To alleviate our nation's force. The loan comes with strings attached, The terms and conditions firmly matched, Austerity measures, structural reforms, The bitter pill our nation swallows in storms. The borrowed sum is a fleeting fix, A quick solution, an urgent mix, But will it serve as a long-term cure? Or will we end up even more insecure? The IMF loan is a double-edged sword, A blessing in disguise, or a curse ignored, It can boost our growth, or leave us in debt, A gamble we take, a bet we fret. In the end, it's up to us, To use the loan wisely, without fuss, To invest in our people, to create wealth, And ensure the loan is repaid with health. The IMF loan may come and go, But our nation's fate is ours to show, Let us use the loan to build our dreams, And achieve prosperity, or so it seems. Corrupt politicians, oh
Tupac Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:02 AM
Ranil must be president for another 10 years otherwise the otherclan will come and finish the imf fund also
Hari Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:12 AM
Excellent ! Really President has done a great job! Big relief for the country at this critical momemt. Ranil should be given five more years to shape the economy further.
Punchi Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:18 AM
The president should thank the Sanga whose pious prayers has delivered this loan
Kamala Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:41 AM
Thank you very. much for your unfailing, enthusiastic and foresighting attempts to raise our country and our people, Hon. President. God bless all of us and our be loved country Srilanka!
Asela Gunawardena Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:55 AM
Ranil the Saviour
Man Tuesday, 21 March 2023 11:38 AM
The President must thank the ordinary people including professionals for bearing the brunt due to plundering of the Royal family and his friendsfor their survival.
Grateful Citizens Tuesday, 21 March 2023 12:09 PM
Thank you Mr. President Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice die hard.
Priyanee Wijesekera Tuesday, 21 March 2023 01:38 PM
Well done Mr President This is what the opposition parties,trade unions and protesters were agitating to prevent.
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