During the first half of 2011, the country’s export earnings stood at just over a US$ 5 billion.
Meanwhile, import expenditure during the first half of 2012 has increased by 4.2% year on year to incur a bill of US$ 9.66 billion from US$ 9.28 billion spent during the same period of last year.
The country has recorded a trade deficit of US$ 4.70 billion during the first six months of this year, widening by 11.6% year on year.
Sri Lanka has earned US$ 2.94 billion via worker remittances during the 1st half of this year; an increase of 17.4% while the country’s FDI too has gone up by 14.6% to record a sum of US$ 451 million.
Commercial Banks have borrowed US$ 927 million via overseas sources during the reference period, while Earnings from tourism during the specified period stands at US$ 459.9 million.
Government has got US$ 2.27 billion worth inflows during the first half of this year, an increase of 50.8% year on year.