Government of Sri Lanka’s (GoSL’s) face value money printing (FVMP) debt rose to its second highest value on Tuesday (30 August) due to a sustained lack of revenue.
Consequently, GoSL’s FVMP debt increased by 0.38 per cent (Rs 12,045 million) to Rs 3,195,701.89 million (Rs 3.195 trillion) on Tuesday. A Higher value than this took place on 8 July where GoSL’s FVMP debt was recorded at Rs 3.25 trillion. However, yesterday’s increase was non-demand pull inflationary as it was used to meet an external commitment (see below).
The country’s foreign reserves haemorrhaged by USD 33.68 million (Rs 12,173 million) led by the settlement of payments made for ‘essential’ imports on Tuesday. Conversions are based on the administered ‘spot’ value which was Rs 361.40 to the US dollar.
GoSL’s at least theoretical MP borrowing costs (BCs) fell by 0.02 per cent (Rs 27.65 million) to Rs 137,819.54 million on Tuesday despite the increase in its FVMP debt, led by buying pressure of Treasury (T) Bills and
T Bonds in secondary market trading due to higher yields offered.
Market was short for a record 240 market days to Tuesday, with this shortfall increasing by 0.02 per cent (Rs 128 million) to Rs 612,043 million, thereby causing sustained rate pressure.
GoSL’s FVMP debt has been over three trillion rupees for a record consecutive 38 market days to Tuesday due to a sustained lack of revenue. Also, GoSL’s highest to the 243rd highest FVMP debt has been registered for a record 243 market days to Tuesday.
Transactions between the CBSL and the GoSL are foreign reserves neutral and CBSL which administers daily open market operations; lacks transparency. GoSL’s FVMP debt is equivalent to the totality of CBSL’s T Bill and T Bond holdings. MP is the exclusive right of CBSL. GoSL’s MPBCs are prorated to the outcome in secondary market trading of T Bills and T Bonds on the reference day.
By Paneetha Ameresekere