Pakistan receives $1.622 bn worth of foreign inflows
ISLAMABAD: Largely backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program, Pakistan has obtained $1.622 billion in foreign inflows in the first two months (July-August) of the present fiscal year.
The recent information from the Economic Affairs Division on foreign aid, which includes loans and grants, indicates that foreign inflows amounted to Rs. 258.6 billion ($1.622 billion) in two months compared to Rs. 102.67 billion ($820 million) in the same period last year.
The annual foreign inflows target is Rs. 3.032 trillion (about US$ 19 billion) for the entire fiscal year 2019-20, compared to the preceding year’s budget target of US$ 9.7 billion (Rs. 1.113 trillion). Last year, the country secured around $16 billion in loans, including the economic injection by Saudi Arabia, China, and the United Arab Emirates.
The EAD report showed that the country obtained around $919 million from the international lenders, $321.5 million from business loans and $382 million from bilateral lenders.
Amongst the bilateral lenders, China was at the top of the list with a loan of $158 million, followed by Saudi Arabia with a loan of $108 million, the UK with $ 81 million, Japan with $16 million, the US with $12 million and Germany with $6.58 million.
The combined International inflows were predominantly comprised of $1.49 billion in loans and $132 million in grants. The combined inflows add up to $1.622 billion that Pakistan has received in the existing fiscal year.
Last, the IMF delegation visited Pakistan and said that the country’s financial program had a successful beginning, but decisive execution was important to set the stage for greater and more sustainable growth, as national and foreign risks remained and structural financial difficulties persisted.
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While noting that advancement has been made in some important fields, the IMF stated that the government’s fiscal reform program is still in its early phase.
“The transition to a market-determined exchange rate has started to deliver positive results on the external balance, exchange rate volatility has diminished, monetary policy is helping to control inflation, and the SBP [State Bank of Pakistan] has improved its foreign exchange buffers,” the IMF stated to Dawn.