State Bank reserves rise $1.1b to $17.2b

Increase comes following receipt of $1b from China, $440m from World Bank


Our Correspondent July 09, 2021

KARACHI:

The foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank rose 6.89% on a weekly basis, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday.

On July 2, the foreign currency reserves held by the SBP, after accounting for external debt repayments and other official payments, were recorded at $17,231.1 million, up $1,112 million compared with $16,119.4 million recorded on June 25.

“SBP received $1,000 million as the government of Pakistan loan disbursement from China and $440 million from World Bank,” the central bank said.

Overall liquid foreign currency reserves held by the country, including net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $24,414.9 million. Net reserves held by banks amounted to $7,183.8 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 Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2021.

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