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ISLAMABAD: Relending to borrowers including provincial governments, federal and provincial entities, departments, autonomous bodies and Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) would be made on the same financing terms and conditions as borrowed by the federal government from the foreign lender.

This has been stated in the “Policy for relending of foreign loans 2020”, uploaded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs on its website, on Wednesday.

The ministry stated that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet had approved revision in Relending Policy 2016, which was later ratified by the federal cabinet.

Accordingly, the Relending Policy 2020 will replace the Relending Policy 2016, issued vide Economic Affairs Division. The Relending Policy 2020 would be effective from 22nd December 2020 and shall apply to all foreign loans/credits borrowed by the federal government and relent to federal and provincial government departments, autonomous bodies and DFIs.

According to the policy, the borrowers shall be liable to bear the exchange risk cost on actual basis and repay the actual amount of principal and interest as paid by the Government of Pakistan to the foreign lender in foreign currency and converted into Rupee equivalent issued by the State Bank of Pakistan.

One time fixed administrative charge (FAC) of 0.25 percent will be applicable on the amount of loan disbursed to the borrower. The FAC shall be paid by the borrower at the time of each disbursement received, within seven days into the government treasury.

FY2020-21: Foreign debt of $14.282bn incurred from multiple sources: EAD

All charges and fees, including commitment charges, management fee, front end fee, service charges, etc if any, payable by the Government of Pakistan to foreign lenders, shall also be paid by the borrower.

Where the loan amount is allocated to more than one borrower, the fees and charges shall be collected on pro-rata basis.

The guarantee fee, commitment charges, management fee, front end fee, service charges, etc are to be deposited in government treasury on the due dates along with the interest/principal payments.

In case of default by the borrower in payment of due amounts that remain unpaid for 30 days after the due date, penal interest @ two percent per annum will be charged for the period of default.

The EAD will issue a sanction letter or sign a Subsidiary Loan Agreement with the borrower as the case may be which will specify the terms and conditions of the relent loan along with amortisation schedule for repayment.

The repayment period will be the actual redemption period available in the loan agreement signed by the EAD with the foreign lender. Exchange rate differential, if any, arising due to difference in the date of payment by the GoP to the lender and the date of payment by the borrower to the GoP shall be reconciled at the close of each financial year and the borrower shall be liable to pay such differential. In case of guaranteed loans, a guarantee fee @ 0.5 percent p.a. will be charged from the borrowers on the outstanding balance of the loan.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021


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