IMF staff level agreement classified – Speaker

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena informed the House that details of the IMF staff level agreement cannot be disclosed in Parliament as it contains some sensitive matters with regard to taxes.   

The Speaker on Friday (9) said, he spoke about the concerns raised by the MPs with Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe.

Dr. Weerasinghe said, “he is not against presenting it to Parliament. However, he said that there is some sensitive information about taxes in that agreement.”

Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella said, the SJB wants a debate on the agreement; therefore, it has to be tabled in the House before the debate.

Leader of the House Susil Premajayantha said, the agreement could also be presented to the National Council which comprises all parties once it is established.

SJB MP Hesha Withanage said, sensitive information in agreement could be left out while the other details should be presented to the House.

BY Methmalie Dissanayake