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WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund on Monday announced a tentative agreement with Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. to provide a 2.5 billion dollar loan to help the war-battered country weather the global financial crisis.
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See International Monetary Fund (IMF). managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn Dominique Strauss-Kahn (born 25 April 1949 in Neuilly-sur-Seine; often referred to as DSK) is a French economist, lawyer, and politician, member of the social-democrat Socialist Party (PS). said that an IMF staff mission had reached an agreement with the Sri Lankan authorities on an economic program that "could be supported" by a 20-month stand-by credit.
The loan is worth 1.65 billion Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), an IMF asset that is based on a basket of currencies -- the dollar, yen, euro and pound -- and calculated daily.
The IMF executive board is expected to consider the program on Friday, the 186-nation Washington-based institution said.
If approved by the board, Sri Lanka would be eligible to draw about 313 million dollars immediately.
The Sri Lankan government had requested a 1.9 billion dollar loan in March to help stave off its first balance of payments deficit in four years after foreign currency reserves fell to around six weeks worth of imports.
The loan was delayed after the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Britain and other countries said the government was not doing enough to avoid civilian casualties as it closed in on the remnants of the once-powerful Tamil Tiger army.
Sri Lanka crushed the militant Tamil Tigers -- who had been fighting to carve out to make or get by cutting, or as if by cutting; to cut out.
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Strauss-Kahn noted that the global financial crisis had applied a sharp brake to the short-term financing from international markets that the Sri Lankan government had relied on to deal with persistently high budget deficits.
"The global financial shock resulted in a sudden stop to this financing, capital outflows, and a significant loss of Sri Lanka s international reserves," he said.
Despite recent capital inflows, the tiny Asian country s international reserves "remain at low levels," he said. "The end of the conflict provides Sri Lanka with a unique opportunity to undertake economic reform and reconstruction, which would be key to laying the basis for higher economic growth in the years ahead," he said.
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