Sri Lankan PM requests IMF to focus on economically vulnerable people

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has requested the International Monetary Fund to focus on protecting economically vulnerable groups in the country.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena made this request when the visiting International Monetary Fund (IMF) team met The Premier and held discussions at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Prime Minister apprised the IMF team about the economic challenges in the country and the measures taken by the government to reduce the difficulties faced by the low income earners.

The Prime Minister explained the measures taken to reduce non-essential imports and increase export products and the measures taken by the government to increase welfare for the poorest sections of the society.

Peter Breuer, Head of the International Monetary Fund’s Negotiation Panel said that his team will discuss with the government, the opposition and other parties and report the facts to the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF representatives also explained the facts about taking protective measures for vulnerable groups in preparing plans for debt restructuring and economic revival.

Dr. Masahiro Nozaki, Head of Mission of the International Monetary Fund, has agreed that taking protective measures for economically vulnerable groups is an essential requirement when preparing plans for debt restructuring and economic revival, as pointed out by the Prime Minister.

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