Pakistan’s total liquid foreign exchange reserves declined by $79 million in the past week, primarily due to external debt repayments.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), as of November 10, 2023, the country’s total reserves amounted to $12.535 billion, down from $12.614 billion on November 3, 2023.
During the reviewed week, SBP’s reserves decreased by $115 million to $7.397 billion due to debt servicing. Conversely, commercial banks’ net foreign reserves increased by $36 million, reaching $5.139 billion by the end of the week.
In a significant development, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Wednesday that a staff-level agreement (SLA) has been reached on the first review of a nine-month stand-by arrangement (SBA) totaling $3 billion with Pakistani authorities.
Pending approval by the IMF Executive Board, the SLA signifies a milestone, and upon approval, an amount of SDR 528 million, approximately a $700 million loan tranche, will be disbursed to Pakistan.
This disbursement will bring the total funds received under the IMF SBA to $1.9 billion.
These incoming funds are expected to contribute to replenishing the country’s diminishing foreign exchange reserves.
The IMF team, led by Nathan Porter, conducted discussions in Pakistan from November 2–15, 2023, culminating in the announcement of the SLA upon the completion of the economic review.