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IMF Approves $6 Billion Loan for Cash-strapped Pakistan

The latest deal is the 22nd bailout package since Pakistan became member of the IMF in 1950.

PTI

Updated:July 3, 2019, 10:42 PM IST
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IMF Approves $6 Billion Loan for Cash-strapped Pakistan
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Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday approved a $6 billion loan over a period of three years for cash-strapped Pakistan, aimed at returning sustainable growth to the country's fragile economy and improve the standards of living.

Pakistan's finance ministry approached the IMF in August 2018 for a bailout package when the Imran Khan government took over.

"IMF Executive Board approved today a three-year $6 billion loan to support Pakistan's economic plan, which aims to return sustainable growth to the country's economy and improve the standards of living," IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice tweeted on Wednesday.

Pakistan last month reached an agreement with the IMF on the bailout package after marathon talks. Khan changed the entire economic team including the finance minister, chief of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and head of Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) under criticism for failure to improve the economy.

The latest deal is the 22nd bailout package since Pakistan became member of the IMF in 1950.

Pakistan has so far received billions in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year.

Last month, Pakistan secured a bailout package of $3 billion from oil-rich Qatar.

Earlier, China gave $4.6 billion in shape of deposits and commercial loans and Saudi Arabia provided $3 billion cash deposit and $3.2 billion oil facility on deferred payments. The United Arab Emirates also provided $2 billion cash deposit.

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