The Paris Club Creditors have provided financing assurances to support the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval for an Extended Fund Facility for Sri Lanka.
A statement issued by the Paris Club stated that its members held a meeting on January 25, 2023, in the presence of representatives from Hungary, Saudi Arabia, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and India, as well as from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, to provide financing assurances to support the approval by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board of the envisaged IMF program for Sri Lanka, which would allow to restore the country’s macroeconomic stability.
They examined the macroeconomic and financial situation of Sri Lanka, including its long-term debt sustainability, and the need for a debt treatment by all bilateral creditors to both fill the financing gap and to ensure Sri Lanka’s debt sustainability in line with the proposed Extended Fund Facility.
“We acknowledge that the Sri Lankan authorities had the opportunity to present Sri Lanka’s economic and financial situation to their creditors, which underscored the need for debt treatment from all creditors. They also presented their reform program that will be supported by an IMF arrangement requiring a debt treatment to restore debt sustainability, as well as the prior actions already implemented,” the statement said.