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2022-02-02 18:00:00

An image of the IMF headquarters in Washington DC. — AFP/File

The  Worldwide Financial Fund’s (IMF) Govt Board on Wednesday accredited Pakistan’s request for an $1 billion loan tranche.

The nation’s finance minister, Shaukat Tarin, took to his official Twitter account and confirmed the information. 

“I am pleased to announce that IMF Board has approved 6th tranche of their programme for Pakistan,” Tarin introduced. 

A gathering of the  IMF’s Govt Board happened in the present day in Washington DC to debate and finalise  Pakistan’s request for the completion of the sixth Assessment and launch of a $1 billion tranche underneath the Prolonged Fund Facility (EFF).

With the intention to meet one other situation of the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF), the federal government had efficiently managed to get the State Financial institution (Modification) Invoice, 2021, cleared from the Higher Home of Parliament — which was the final stumbling block in reviving the stalled programme.

Following the clearance of the invoice, all prior situations of the Fund had been fulfilled by Pakistan, together with the approval of the mini-budget and SBP invoice.

The SBP invoice was handed with a majority of only one vote as 43 senators voted in favour of the federal government’s tabled invoice whereas 42 senators voted in opposition to it.

Preserving in view the requests from Pakistan, the IMF had postponed its Govt Board conferences thrice this month.

The IMF board assembly was postponed final time from January 28 to February 2, 2022. The loan programme has been stalled since April 2021, therefore, the sixth evaluation shall be accomplished after 9 months.

In the meantime, the subsequent evaluation (seventh) underneath the $6 billion EFF programme shall be due in April 2022. The final and closing eighth evaluation is anticipated to be completed in September 2022.

Regardless of objections raised by the parliamentarians in addition to unbiased economists, the federal government handed the SBP Modification Invoice 2021 with the target of focusing on inflation and ignoring progress targets, slapping a ban on borrowing of presidency, abolishing the Financial and Fiscal Coordination Board, extending the tenure of governor SBP from three to 5 years with the opportunity of yet another extension of 5 years.

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