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    Sri Lanka Banks to Set Up Business Revival Units for Troubled Borrowers

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    Sri Lanka Banks to Set Up Business Revival Units for Troubled Borrowers

    The Asian Development Bank is helping with the establishment of a guarantee institute. This is part of the larger ADB plans for the country following its economic collapse in 2022.

    Sri Lanka’s banks will be directed to formally set up business revival units that will help re-structure companies whose loans have gone bad, the country’s central bank has said.

    Business revival units were required to be set up initially during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they will be made a permanent service of banks.

    “We hope to issue a directive next month, for banks to set up BRUs which will help guide and strengthen small and medium enterprises,” Governor Weerasinghe told reporters Tuesday.

    “The circular will expand the scope of the BRU.” The central bank received technical advice on this from the World Bank, and in keeping with practices in other countries.

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    Senior Deputy Governor Yvette Fernando said revival units will identify businesses that can be revived.

    “There will be some criteria,” companies that fit the criteria will be guided to restructure after “a policy is approved on what type of institutions will be subject to it.”

    The business revival unit will be a separate and independent unit from the lending side.

    “It will be headed at the DGM level and will work independently of those giving the loan.

    Some borrowers in trouble had loans from multiple banks, she said. “This will require some sort of coordination and a database to be created. Then we can assess their repayment ability and cash flows.” The Asian Development Bank is helping with the establishment of a guarantee institute. This is part of the larger ADB plans for the country following its economic collapse in 2022.

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