CB to stem depreciation of the Rupee | Sunday Observer

CB to stem depreciation of the Rupee

3 January, 2021

The recent increase in volatility of the exchange rate is unwarranted and unacceptable according to the Central Bank.

Among other measures, the Central Bank will take aggressive action to contain this volatility in the domestic foreign exchange market. The Central Bank expects that these actions, with the continuation of the curtailment of non-essential imports, will enable the Rupee to appreciate to below Rs. 185 per US dollar observed in November last year.

The Central Bank reiterates that official reserves remain at sufficient levels. At present, gross official reserves are at US dollars 5.6 billion. Discussions with the Central Bank’s domestic and foreign counterparts to boost the level of reserves are also reaching an advanced stage of conclusion. The receipt of these expected inflows as well as the ongoing improvements in the domestic production economy leading to the expansion of foreign exchange earnings will facilitate the maintenance of exchange rate stability, while meeting Sri Lanka’s debt obligations on time, in the period ahead as well.