imf says held fruitful technical talks with sri lanka on loan request - IMF says held 'fruitful' technical talks with Sri Lanka on loan request

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The International Monetary Fund said on Saturday (April 23) that its staff held “fruitful technical discussions” with Sri Lankan authorities on the crisis-wracked country’s request for an IMF-supported loan programme this week.

The Fund said in a statement that the discussions included the need for Sri Lanka to implement “a credible and coherent strategy” to restore macroeconoimc stability and to strengthen its social safety net and protect the poor and vulnerable during the current crisis.

“The IMF team welcomed the authorities’ plan to engage in a collaborative dialogue with their creditors,” IMF Sri Lanka mission chief Masahiro Nozaki said in a statement.