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SBP reserves rose by $77m in a week

SBP reserves rise $14.4m despite $1bn Eurobond repayment
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November 30, 2023 (MLN): The foreign exchange reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) rose by $77 million or 1.07% WoW to $7.26 billion during the week ended on November 24, 2023, according to the data released by the central bank on Thursday.

Similarly, the country's total reserves rose by $90.5m or 0.74% WoW to $12.39bn.

The reserves held by commercial banks rose by $13.5m or 0.26% WoW to $5.14bn.

In a recent development, Pakistan has secured initial approval from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the release of the next loan tranche under the current $3bn loan program.

Pending approval by the IMF's Executive Board, the agreement will grant Pakistan access to SDR 528m, which is around $700m.

To note, towards the end of FY23, the IMF being a last resort saved Pakistan from a sovereign debt default with a $3bn Stand-by Arrangement (SBA).

The initial disbursement of $1.2bn from the IMF, alongside $3bn bilateral inflows from the Arab countries gave a substantial boost to the depleting foreign reserves held by the country.

Consequently, in the current fiscal year, total liquid foreign reserves have increased by $3.23bn or 35.29%.

Meanwhile, the current calendar year has seen an increase of $1.55bn or 14.27%.

Summary of Holding and Weekly Change

Foreign reserves held by November 24, 2023 November 17, 2023 Change % Change
State Bank of Pakistan 7257 7180 77.00 1.07%
Net Foreign Reserves Held by Banks 5135.8 5122.3 13.5 0.26%
Total Liquid Foreign Reserves 12392.8 12302.3 90.5 0.74%

Amount in USD Million

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Posted on: 2023-11-30T18:55:23+05:00