IMF chief says Pakistan seeking potential follow-up loan program

  • Says Pakistan successfully completing its existing program with the IMF
Published April 11, 2024 Updated April 12, 2024

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is in discussions with the International Monetary Fund on a potential follow-up program to its nine-month, $3 billion stand-by arrangement, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday, adding that it had important issues to solve.

Georgieva told an event at the Atlantic Council think tank, that Pakistan was successfully completing its existing program with the IMF and its economy was performing somewhat better, with reserves now being built up.

IMF mission to determine size, duration of new loan

“There is a commitment to continue on this path, and the country is turning to the fund for potentially having a follow-up program,” Georgieva said, flagging issues that the struggling South Asian nation still needed to address.

“There are very important issues to be solved in Pakistan: the tax base, how the richer part of society contributes to the economy, the way public spending is being directed and of course, creating … a more transparent environment.”

IMF Executive Board meeting expected ‘late April’

Pakistan and the IMF last month reached a staff-level agreement on the second and last review of the $3 billion stand-by arrangement, which, if cleared by the global lender’s board, will release about $1.1 billion to the struggling South Asian nation. The IMF’s board is expected to review the matter in late April, but no firm date has been set, a spokesperson said.

Both sides have also spoken about negotiating a longer-term bailout and continuing with necessary policy reforms to rein in deficits, build up reserves and manage soaring debt servicing.


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KU Apr 11, 2024 11:35pm
That may be, but the people are having a very unsuccessful and miserable time with inflation and rise in crime, they don't see any change for better.
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A. Chak Apr 11, 2024 11:48pm
As long as the government keeps postponing deep structural reform, Pakistan will be dependent for survival on loans.
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Inflation Land Apr 12, 2024 08:14pm
We should have a permanent representative at IMF since we will be approaching them for the next hundred years.
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