COLOMBO (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) - Sri Lanka, which has run out of dollars to purchase fuel and is printing rupees to pay local salaries, aims to stop injecting local currency to quash Asia's fastest inflation.
The inflation rate is estimated to reach 60 per cent, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament Tuesday (June 5) before a monetary policy review due Thursday.
The country of 22 million people is unable to pay for essential import of food items, fertiliser, medicines and fuel because of a severe dollar crunch.
Consumer prices rose 54.6 per cent in June from a year earlier, with transport surging 128 per cent from the previous month and food 80 per cent amid acute shortages of crops and crude oil.
Speaking after a recent visit by an IMF delegation, the prime minister said the government hoped to get approval for a four-year funding programme, as he outlined a road map to carry the Indian Ocean island out of its crisis.