Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardana charges certain groups within the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka of manipulating the political leadership and Parliament.
Speaking in Parliament today, during the Committee Stage Debate on the Expenditure Heads of the Ministry of Trade, Minister Gunawardana said officials are misleading Parliament, the political leadership, and MPs adding this leads to heated situations in Parliament which in turn hinders the government from achieving its goals.
The Minister said loan interest and instalments of Net Services in 2014 were USD 2.9 billion adding this increased to USD 3.9 billion.
He said USD 1 billion in addition was required to pay off foreign debt in 2015 while USD 2 billion was saved on crude oil.
Minister Gunawardana questioned as to why there were any issues in repaying foreign debt.