No agreement with IMF signed yet – House Leader

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Leader of the House Susil Premajayantha informed Parliament yesterday (8) that the Government has only reached an understanding with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff and no agreement has been signed so far.

Premajayantha made this remark in response to a question raised by Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake under the Standing Order 27/2.

Dissanayake urged the Government to immediately table the agreement reached with the IMF in Parliament as concerns have been raised in society.

“It was announced that the Government reached an agreement with the IMF to provide USD 2.9 billion loan. The agreements with the IMF impact the people’s lives to a great extent. Therefore, the Government should reveal the contents of the IMF agreement to ensure transparency,” he stressed.

Dissanayake demanded the Government to table the agreement immediately or show cause if they are unable to do so.

Premajayantha replied that the agreement would be published when it is approved by the IMF Executive Board.

Backing Dissanayake’s statement, MP Prof. G.L. Peiris said the agreements with IMF will influence the Budget 2023 and public life will be affected by it. Therefore, the agreement should be publicised before obtaining approval from the IMF Executive Board.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa too said that the agreement should be publicised because the public has right to know the contents.

BY Methmalie Dissanayake