Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says officials of the International Monetary Fund will visit Sri Lanka on the 20th of June.
Premier Wickremesinghe said he is hopeful that a staff-level agreement will be reached by the end of the month.
The Prime Minister met with owners of media organisations yesterday.
The Prime Minister said due to pending food shortages, a food security programme will be launched in the country.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe added through this programme the government will be able to provide food free of charge to 10% of the population who are unable to afford three meals a day.
The Premier also made an appeal to media owners to assist the government in presenting a true picture of the situation adding that the media must hold the government accountable when necessary, and at the same time requested that they engage in responsible reporting.
When questioned on the government’s initiatives, the Prime Minister said due to damage caused to the economy the country will have to suffer its consequences and claimed that the government is making maximum effort to reduce the impact by providing financial and logistical support.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said a Rs.200 billion financial safety net is being raised for social sector support.
The Prime Minister also noted that countries were stepping forward with assistance in food and medical supplies, while no country will step forward with providing fuel free of charge.