Pakistan to get $6B from IMF over the next 3 years

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
ISLAMABAD
Published 12.05.2019 20:37
Updated 12.05.2019 20:45

Pakistan will get $6 billion from the IMF over the next three years to meet its foreign debt obligations, the country's adviser on finance said on state television after signing the agreement.

Pakistan's advisor on finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that foreign loans have exceeded $90 billion, and exports have registered a negative growth over the past five years.

"So Pakistan will get $6 billion from the IMF, and in addition we will get $2 to $3 billion from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank in next three years," he said.

"The trade deficit reaches $20 billion and our foreign exchange reserves dipped by 50 percent in past two years. So we have a $12 billion gap in our annual payments and we don't have capacity to pay them," the senior official said.

The IMF said that its team reached an agreement on policies that could be supported by a 39-month Extended Fund Arrangement (EFF) for about $6 billion.

"The program aims to support the authorities' strategy for stronger and more balanced growth by reducing domestic and external imbalances, improving the business environment, strengthening institutions, increasing transparency, and protecting social spending," said Ramirez Rigo, head of the IMF delegation, in a statement late Sunday.

A government report out Friday said that Pakistan's growth rate is set to hit an eight-year low.

A report by Pakistan's National Accounts Committee forecast growth of a mere 3.3% in the current fiscal year against a projected target of 6.2%.

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