Sri Lanka’s central bank maintains current interest rates

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Colombo, Apr 5 : The Central Bank of Sri Lanka said it has decided to maintain its Standing Deposit Facility Rate and Standing Lending Facility Rate at the current level of 15.50 percent and 16.50 percent, respectively.

The Monetary Board made the decision after considering recent and expected developments related to both the domestic and global economy as well as macroeconomic projections, the bank said in a press release on Tuesday.

The board noted that sticking to a tight monetary policy stance is necessary to ensure that monetary conditions remain sufficiently tight to facilitate the continuation of the ongoing disinflation process amid the improvements in market sentiments.

The Central Bank said inflation (year-on-year) based on the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) reduced for the sixth consecutive month in March 2023.

Despite a sizable impact from the recent hike in electricity tariffs and envisaged second-round effects of previous hikes, headline inflation moderated in March 2023, mainly reflecting a larger-than-expected reduction in food inflation, the Central Bank said.

Inflation is expected to reduce faster from April 2023 with the reduction in domestic prices of essentials following the greater passthrough of the moderation of global commodity prices and the recent appreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee, and the large disinflationary impact arising from the base effect, according to the press release.

Headline inflation is projected to reach single-digit levels by the end of 2023 and stabilize at desired levels thereafter over the medium term, the Central Bank said.


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