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Pakistan’s official reserve assets stand at $7.9bn as of January 31: SBP

Official reserve assets rise to $15.36bn as of June
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March 01, 2023 (MLN): The official reserve assets, including foreign currency reserves, IMF reserve position, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), gold, and other reserve assets, stood at $7.9 billion as of January 31, 2023, according to the latest data revealed by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

The foreign currency reserves comprised of securities, currency, and deposits held with other national central banks, and banks headquartered in and outside Pakistan.

The gold reserves, which include gold deposits and swapped gold, amounted to 2.079 million fine troy ounces, equivalent to $3.9bn. Pakistan's other foreign currency assets, which were not included in official reserve assets, amounted to $93.4 million and included securities, deposits, loans, financial derivatives, gold, and others.

The data further indicated that Pakistan's official reserve assets have slightly decreased from the previous report, indicating that the country may be facing some economic challenges.

The central bank will likely continue to monitor the situation closely and take necessary measures to stabilize the economy. The country's gold reserves remain a significant asset, with a value of almost $4bn, which could be used to support the economy in case of any financial crisis.

The foreign currency reserves held by the central bank are also a crucial source of liquidity that can be used to support the country's imports and other international transactions.

Meanwhile, the country's predetermined short-term net drains on foreign currency assets amounted to a nominal value of $23.65bn. The data showed that foreign currency loans, securities, and deposits accounted for the majority of the outflows, with a total value of $23.65bn, of which $2.72bn had a residual maturity of up to one month, $3.89bn had a residual maturity of more than one and up to three months, and $17.04bn had a residual maturity of more than three months and up to one year.

The report also indicated that Pakistan's aggregate short and long positions in forwards and futures in foreign currencies vis-à-vis the domestic currency, including the forward leg of currency swaps, amounted to $5.69bn. Of this amount, short positions accounted for the majority of the outflows, amounting to $5.89bn, while long positions amounted to $195mn.

In addition, there are $52.28mn in collateral guarantees on debt due within a year while no other contingent liabilities in foreign currency fall due within one month or more than three months and up to one year.

Overall, the data indicate that Pakistan's short-term net drains on foreign currency assets remain a significant concern for the country's monetary authorities and underscore the need for continued efforts to manage the country's balance of payments position.

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Posted on: 2023-03-01T17:41:47+05:00