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Sri Lanka President, PM orders banks to halt recovery of loans up to Rs300mn

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered banks in the country to stop recovery of loans up to 300 million in small and medium enterprises, the finance ministry has said.

“The Government has taken a decision to take up new initiative to revive SMEs of which outstanding debt not exceeding Rs 300 million in each entity since recently announced tax reform initiatives provide substantial savings to all banks including the Central Bank of Sri Lanka,” the Finance Ministry said.

“This concessionary action will be followed by a comprehensive package coupled with already announced tax concessions designed by the Ministry of Finance, economy and Policy development and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka which will support both the lender and the borrowers especially the SME sector.”

“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the minister of Finance, economy and Policy development have issued directives to Chairmen and CEOs of all banks to suspend recovery of loans obtained by the SME sector.”

The full statement is reproduced below:

President, PM direct all banks to suspend recovery of SME loans

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the minister of Finance, economy and Policy development have issued directives to Chairmen and CEOs of all banks to suspend recovery of loans obtained by the SME sector.

The Government has taken a decision to take up new initiative to revive SMEs of which outstanding debt not exceeding Rs 300 million in each entity since recently announced tax reform initiatives provide substantial savings to all banks including the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

The Government expects the banks to use part of such savings to revive the SME sector on a priority basis.

The directives from the President and the Prime Minister also incorporates redresses to small and medium scale paddy millers as well since the government expect them to re-energise their milling operation to improve the competitiveness in the market and expects their capacities to be active in 2019/20 Maha season

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This concessionary action will be followed by a comprehensive package coupled with already announced tax concessions designed by the Ministry of Finance, economy and Policy development and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka which will support both the lender and the borrowers especially the SME sector.

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  1. They have not been asked to write off. They have been asked to stop recovery. So all the loans in default can now be treated as halted on government orders and removed from NPL’s.

  2. Good.how it segregate. Is it Concessionary loan scheme loans or all..? Good innitiative any way.

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