The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper reviews economic and policy developments in Sri Lanka during 1996-98. Despite the slowdown in world trade and economic growth, Sri Lanka's economy grew in 1998 at close to its historic average rate. The recorded 4¾ percent growth in real GDP was lower than 1997 when the economy was recovering after a bad harvest. In the first twelve months following the outbreak of the Southeast Asian crisis, Sri Lanka was helped by reduced export competition and lower commodity prices. But by the middle of 1998, growth in Sri Lanka started to slow markedly.