IMF Nods To long-awaited $3 Billion Pakistan Bailout


The country in crisis will receive approximately $1.2 billion upfront, with the remaining amount to be paid over the following nine months. The South Asian country had just enough foreign currency to cover a month's worth of imports but was on the verge of going into default on its bills. The nation also got funding this week from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), two allies. The bailout, according to Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was a significant advancement in attempts to stabilize the economy.

"It bolsters Pakistan's economic position to overcome immediate to medium-term economic challenges, giving next government the fiscal space to chart the way forward," he said.

After eight months of protracted discussions about how to address Pakistan's faltering economy's major long-term problems, the IMF agreement was reached. The nation had been in danger of being unable to pay its creditors back for its debt. Devastating floods that affected a large portion of the nation last year contributed to the nation's other major issues, such as excessive inflation and economic mismanagement by previous governments. Ishaq Dar, Pakistan's finance minister, reported that Saudi Arabia had deposited $2 billion with the nation's central bank.

Mr. Dar claimed that the UAE had also given the central bank $1 billion. Middle Eastern countries, which are abundant in energy, had pledged the funds in April but delayed delivering them until it was clear that the IMF rescue would be completed. The IMF agreement will make more money available to strengthen Pakistan's faltering economy in addition to the aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. According to Mr. Dar, Pakistan's foreign exchange reserves are anticipated to reach $15 billion by the end of this month.

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