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Share of Foreign debt has increased to 47% of total debt by April 2022​

Sri Lanka ended 2021 with a total outstanding government debt of 17,873 BN ( 105% of GDP). At the end of the first quarter of 2022, total outstanding government debt increased to 21,697 BN. ​

Foreign debt as a percentage of total outstanding  government debt increased from 37% at the end of 2021 to 47% in the first quarter of 2022. On average for the past decade domestic debt has accounted for 56% and foreign debt has accounted for 44% of total outstanding government debt. ​

The rupee value of the country’s foreign debt increased by 68% from February to April 2022, following the depreciation of the exchange rate in March 2022. This was the main contributing factor for the increase in total outstanding government debt. ​

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30 Aug 2022
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