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Dollar shortage, the reason for crisis – AKD

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The main crisis in our country now is the lack of dollars, JVP Leader Anura Dissanayake said at an event in Kandy on Saturday. “We received an average of US$ 7.5 billion a year from foreign workers, but we do not receive it now.

In the last seven months from June to December, the country’s income from foreign workers decreased by Rs.2,055 million compared to 2020. In January last year we received US$ 675 million. In January this year it dropped to US$ 255 million” he said.

Dissanayake also said the government thought that with the end of COVID the tourism industry would grow, but it did not happen as expected.

“The highest number of visitors came in 2018 and 2.4 million tourists arrived in the country that year. But still we don’t receive a large number, not as much as we expected”Dissanayake said at present no economy in the world can be shut down.

He said the country was in a debt trap and added that the cost of imports was US$ 20.6 billion and the export revenue was US$ 12.5 billion.

Monday, March 7, 2022 – 01:04

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