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President, PM direct all banks to suspend recovery of SME loans

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the minister of Finance, economy and Policy development have issued directives to Chairmen and CEOs of all banks to suspend  recovery of loans obtained by the SME sector.
The Government has taken a decision to take up new initiative to revive SMEs of which outstanding debt not exceeding Rs 300 million in each entity since recently announced tax reform initiatives provide substantial savings to all banks including the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The Government expects the banks to use part of such savings to revive the SME sector on a priority basis.

The directives from the President and the Prime Minister also incorporates  redresses to small and medium scale paddy millers as well since the government expect them to re-energise their milling operation to improve the competitiveness in the market and expects their capacities to be active in 2019/20 Maha season