South Korea boosts SL economy with USD 500 million low interest loan


In the wake of China granting a USD 500 million loan, the Government of South Korea had agreed to provide concessional loans from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Export Import Bank of Korea (KEximbank), the Finance Ministry said yesterday, May 10.

Accordingly, the Government of Republic of Korea and the Government of Sri Lanka have agreed to sign a new Framework Arrangement for the period of 2020-2022 to obtain loans through EDCF up to an aggregate commitment amount of USD 500 million to finance projects mutually agreed.

The loan interest rate on this concessional loan is about as low as 0.15% -0.20% and the loan has a repayment period of about 40 years with a grace period of 10 years, a statement from the ministry said.

In addition, the two sides agreed to continue the Korean Exim Bank Representative Office, which was opened in Colombo in January 2016 by its Chairman, to further implement the projects in a well-coordinated manner.

The Framework Arrangement was signed yesterday, May 10, by S. R. Attygalle, Secretary, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, and Woonjin Jeong, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, representing the Republic of Korea.