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IMF deal with Pakistan would revive $6 billion bailout - Milford Mirror

Last updated Monday, November 22, 2021 03:54 ET , Source: TopWireNews

The IMF statement Monday said that under latest proposal, IMF would disburse about $1 billion to Pakistan, bringing the total disbursement out of the $6 billion bailout to about $3 billion since 2019, according to the statement.
The talks this month yielded an agreement “subject to approval by the Executive Board, following the implementation of prior actions, notably on fiscal and institutional reforms," the IMF statement said.
Such an approval by IMF's executive board is considered a formality.
Muzzammil Aslam, a spokesman at Pakistan's finance ministry, also confirmed the latest development, saying the staff-level agreement was reached between Pakistan and IMF after 45 days of discussion.
In April 2020, the IMF released $1.4 billion to Pakistan, helping it handle an economic crisis amid a surge in fatalities from the coronavirus. At least 28,663 Pakistanis have died from COVID-19 since last year, while about 1.2 million tested positive from the new virus.
Analysts say the fund wants Pakistan to further reduce the budget deficit, increase tariffs of electricity and petrol, as well as curb money laundering and corruption. The government in recent weeks complied with most of the conditions of IMF, but doing so made Prime Minister Imran Khan highly unpopular among people as inflation and the price of essential food soared.
In its statement Monday, the IMF also praised some measures taken by Pakistan government, saying the country's new moves could result in 4% growth this...

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