CBSL chief says Sri Lanka has no alternative other than IMF; defends tax reforms
Posted on October 20th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana

The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe says that in present circumstances, there is no alternative other than the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to get assistance for reviving the country’s economy. 

He also said that tax revisions and other reforms combined with debt restructuring are parts of the stabilization process.

The CBSL Governor made these comments during an interview with the Director General of President’s Media, Danushka Ramanayake. 

Noting that 80% indirect tax and 20% direct tax should be evolved to 60% and 40%, respectively, in order to provide relief to low-income groups, the CBSL governor proposed to continue the tax regime for at least one year.

Speaking further, he said the tax income of Sri Lanka is only behind Iran and Venezuela both with oil reserves.

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