IMF official says growth and confidence are continuing to recover in Pakistan


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its Executive Board meeting is expected to be held in “late April” where approval would pave way for Pakistan to receive funds of around $1.1 billion (SDR 828 million) as its final tranche of the $3-billion Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) inked last year in June.

This was stated by IMF Communication Director Julie Kozack while addressing a media briefing. “So, on March 19, IMF staff and Pakistani authorities reached a staff-level agreement on the second and final review under Pakistan’s SBA.

“This is subject to approval by the IMF’s Executive Board. Upon approval by the Board, Pakistan will have access to around $1.1 billion, and that would bring total disbursements under the SBA to about $3 billion.

“We do expect the board meeting to take place in late April,” she said.

Kozack said the staff-level agreement recognises the strong programme implementation by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the caretaker government in recent months as well as the new government’s intentions for ongoing policy and reform efforts to move Pakistan from stabilisation to a strong and sustainable recovery.

On the country’s economic fundamentals, the IMF official said Pakistan’s economic and financial position has improved in the months since the first review was completed.

“Growth and confidence are continuing to recover. And we will be releasing in the next weeks, as part of our World Economic Outlook, our latest growth forecasts for Pakistan.”

Kozack reiterated that the Washington-based lender “stands ready” to engage in discussions on the new programme discussion with the Pakistani authorities.

“The authorities have expressed interest in a successor IMF-supported programme with the aim of resolving Pakistan’s fiscal and external stability challenges and laying the foundation for inclusive growth.

“And, of course, we stand ready to engage in discussions in the coming months,” she said.__Daily Times