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SBP reserves remain stable at $8.04bn

SBP reserves rise by $15.2m in a week
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April 15, 2024 (MLN): The foreign exchange reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) remained stable at $8.04 billion during the week ended on April 05, 2024, according to the data released by the central bank on Monday.

On the other hand, the country's total reserves rose by $62.8m or 0.47% WoW to $13.44bn.

This was because the reserves held by commercial banks rose by $62.9m or 1.18% WoW to $5.4bn.

In a recent development, Pakistan executed the repayment of $1bn Pakistan’s International Bond on April 12, 2024.

Accordingly, the SBP-held reserves will fall to around $7bn, which will likely be reflected in next week's reserves position.

However, last month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff and the Pakistani authorities reached a staff-level agreement on the final review under Pakistan’s Stand-By Arrangement, subject to the approval of the IMF’s Executive Board.

Upon approval, Pakistan will have access to SDR 828 million which is around $1.1bn.

Furthermore, the country is in discussions with the IMF on a potential follow-up program to its current stand-by arrangement, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said last week.

To note, in the current fiscal year, total liquid foreign reserves have increased by $4.28bn or 46.74%.

Meanwhile, the current calendar year has seen an increase of $0.77bn or 6.06%.

Summary of Holding and Weekly Change

Foreign reserves held by April 05, 2024 March 29, 2024 Change % Change
State Bank of Pakistan 8040.3 8040.4 -0.1 0.00%
Net Foreign Reserves Held by Banks 5401.4 5338.5 62.9 1.18%
Total Liquid Foreign Reserves 13441.7 13378.9 62.8 0.47%

Amount in USD Million

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Posted on: 2024-04-15T19:07:54+05:00