IMF board approves $700mln loan for Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board on Thursday approved the $700 million loan for Pakistan, ARY News reported, quoting the finance ministry.

According to the Finance Ministry, the IMF approved the first review of Pakistan s $ 3 billion stand-by arrangement (SBA).

The finance ministry officials said that the board s approval has allowed an immediate disbursement of US$ 700 million to Pakistan till January 13.

The IMF executive board’s approval came after continued efforts of caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar and Army Chief General Asim Munir.

The current IMF program of $3 billion is scheduled to end in the second week of April 2024, with around $1.8 billion remaining un-disbursed. The Fund released $1.2 billion first tranche in July.

With the approval of the IMF board, Pakistan will get an installment of about 700 million US dollars. The finance ministry officials said Pakistan has achieved all IMF targets and hopefully will be able to get the required results. The officials said that Pakistan strictly implemented the economic reforms.

Read more: Pakistan reaches staff-level agreement with IMF for second tranche

It is pertinent to mention here that on 16th November last year, Pakistan and IMF reached a staff-level agreement on the first review under Pakistan s SBA.

The agreement supports the authorities commitment to advance the planned fiscal consolidation, accelerate cost-reducing reforms in the energy sector, complete the return to a market-determined exchange rate, and pursue state-owned enterprise and governance reforms to attract investment and support job creation, while continuing to strengthen social assistance.

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