Insightful conversation with Martin Raiser, World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region, during IMF/WB Annual Meetings in 2022

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Hon. ShehanSemasinghe, State Minister of Finance, met with the World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region, Martin Raiser, and a World Bank delegation during the World Bank Annual Meetings 2022, to discuss options available to recover Sri Lanka’s economy.

The discussions were focused on the current creditworthiness of Sri Lanka, which is no longer entitled to source funding through the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), instead to work with the International Development Association (IDA) rating, which will grant Sri Lanka to obtain concessional loans. This process, which will entail a “reverse graduation” to IDA, will move Sri Lanka from an IBRD-only country to an IDA country. However, Sri Lanka will remain listed as a middle-income country.

The IMF/WB also emphasized that access to this potential new concessional funding remains linked to deep reforms, an IMF program, and progress with a comprehensive debt treatment process by the authorities of Sri Lanka. The VP and the WB Delegation said that sustained improvements in economic and social conditions by the Sri Lankan government could pave the way for Sri Lanka to graduate from IDA in the future.

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