Britain has admitted that it is still to access the Sri Lankan crisis situation for a deeper understanding. “The UK recognises the economic challenges that Sri Lanka is facing. We continue to monitor the economic situation in Sri Lanka closely, including the impact economic issues are having on food security and livelihoods,” said Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) Vicky Ford Ford said that the available data does not capture the severity of the current economic crisis and the impact of recent economic shocks such as Covid-19, the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the floating of the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR), and Sri Lanka’s debt default in May 2022.
The undersecretary pointed out that “The Sri Lankan authorities have taken a number of measures to help support the public, including an economic relief package of Rs. 200bn ($1bn) announced in January 2022.”
Analysts point out that as UK has close links with Sri Lanka The government has an obligation to capture the human suffering that goes on in Sri Lanka and see what remedial measures need to be taken as it is clear the poorest of the poor Need more relief and without a comprehensive plan for recovery, the vulnerable groups may be further marginalized.