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Sri Lanka Monetary Policy Review – September 2010

In CENTRAL BANK OF SRI LANKA, development, Economy on September 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

CBSL has released information on Monetary Policy Review – September 2010 and again in M$ word format. I have created a PDF document from the original, Sri Lanka Monetary Policy Review – September 2010, or you can read the text below;

Monetary Policy Review – September 2010

Market interest rates continued to adjust downwards in response to the monetary policy measures taken by the Central Bank in the recent past. The benchmark yield curve for government securities trading in the secondary market has also continued to move downwards and has become flatter in the recent months, reflecting the prevailing low inflation and the favourable outlook for inflation. Other market interest rates have, in turn, decreased. Nevertheless, it has been noted that adjustments to lending rates of financial institutions generally tend to lag behind the adjustments to their cost of funds. Hence, it is expected that market lending rates would decline further in the period ahead, to fully reflect the recent relaxation of the monetary policy stance of the Central Bank.

In response to the improving credit conditions, credit flows to the private sector continue to increase. By July 2010, credit obtained by the private sector from commercial banks recorded a year-on-year increase of 8.9 per cent. Credit disbursed by licensed commercial banks, licensed specialised banks and registered finance companies, together, recorded a year-on-year increase of 9.9 per cent, in July 2010. Credit flows to the private sector are expected to increase further in the period ahead, given that Sri Lanka’s economy is poised to grow by an encouraging 7.5 to 8.0 per cent in 2010, following the GDP growth of 7.8 per cent in the first half of 2010.

Taking into consideration the developments discussed above, the Monetary Board, at its meeting held on 21 September 2010, has decided to maintain the policy interest rates of the Central Bank unchanged at their current levels. Accordingly, the Repurchase rate and the Reverse Repurchase rate of the Central Bank would remain at 7.25 per cent and 9.00 per cent, respectively.

The release of the next regular statement on monetary policy will be on 21 October 2010.

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