Saudi Arabia extends $3 billion deposit time period to cash-strapped Pakistan

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia on Friday prolonged the time period of a $3 billion deposit it made to Pakistan‘s overseas reserves, state information company SPA and Pakistan’s central financial institution mentioned.
Saudi Arabia deposited the cash in Pakistan’s central financial institution late final 12 months as a mortgage to shore up the cash-strapped nation’s reserves.
The central financial institution reserves stood at $7.5 billion as of Nov 25 this 12 months.
Too low to cowl greater than a month of imports, the reserves along with a widening present account deficit have threatened a steadiness of cost crises for the South Asian economic system, which has to make one other $1 billion bond cost subsequent week.
Saudi Fund for Growth (SFD) prolonged the time period for the deposit supplied by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within the quantity of three billion {dollars} to the State Financial institution of Pakistan,” the financial institution mentioned in an announcement.
By shoring up the reserves, it added, the cash has contributed to assembly exterior sector challenges and obtain sustainable financial progress for the nation.
Pakistan has been in dire want of exterior financing because it waits for the ninth overview of a $7 billion bailout bundle by the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF).
Pakistan’s finance ministry additionally authorised the signing of a debt rescheduling of $26.150 million with Japan Financial institution for Worldwide Cooperation beneath G-20 debt servicing initiative to mitigate Covid-19 losses.

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