SBP reserves rise $2m to $16.42b

Central bank cites no reason for increase


Our Correspondent June 18, 2021

ISLAMABAD:

The foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank rose 0.01% on a weekly basis, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday.

On June 11, the foreign currency reserves held by the SBP were recorded at $16,417.3 million, up $2 million compared with $16,414.9 million recorded on June 4. The central bank gave no reason for the increase in reserves.

Overall liquid foreign currency reserves held by the country, including net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $23,586.5 million. Net reserves held by banks amounted to $7,169.2 million.

Pakistan borrowed $2.5 billion through Eurobonds on March 30, 2021 by offering lucrative interest rates to lenders aimed at building the foreign exchange reserves.

Pakistan received the first loan tranche of $991.4 million from the IMF on July 9, 2019, which helped bolster the reserves. In late December 2019, the IMF released the second loan tranche of around $454 million. The reserves also jumped on account of $2.5 billion in inflows from China. In 2020, the SBP successfully made foreign debt repayment of over $1 billion on the maturity of Sukuk.

In December 2019, the foreign exchange reserves surpassed the $10 billion mark owing to inflows from multilateral lenders including $1.3 billion from the ADB.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18h, 2021.

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