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Sri Lanka's foreign exchange problem

Sri Lanka's foreign exchange problem

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Foreign exchange reserves are essential for governments that wish to take part in the global economy. Sri Lanka used to count on foreign borrowing and tourism to bring in US dollars. But in the last two years, the country has rapidly drained its reserves, leading to an economic crisis.

Today, we explore how Sri Lanka reached this point.

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