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Pakistan Rejects IMF Loan Tranche of $3.7 Billion

Posted by yourpakistan on November 2, 2011


Pakistan will not take up the final $3.7 billion tranche of an International Monetary Fund loan package after rejecting strict reform demands, the Financial Times said Tuesday. Pakistani Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh told the daily that the IMF conditions were too tough and the government would instead pursue a home-grown reform program, adding that the “resilient” economy did not need IMF help. The Washington-based fund bailed out Pakistan with an $11.3 billion loan package launched in November 2008 as the country faced 30-year-high inflation rates and fast-depleting reserves, as well as a deadly CIA and RAW backed combined insurgency.

But the IMF earlier this year indicated it was unsatisfied with Islamabad’s progress in dealing with its chronic fiscal problems and introducing promised structural reforms. “Inflation remains persistently high, and budgetary problems are undermining macroeconomic stability”, it said in May. An IMF spokesman declined to comment on the Financial Times report, but said that the standby facility had expired on schedule on September 30. The fund has paid out two-thirds of the loan package, with the latest installment disbursed in May 2010. Three months later the country was hit by the worst floods in its history, which led to a separate emergency aid payment of 450 million dollars.

Since then however, the IMF and Pakistan have been at odds over fiscal management. The IMF forecasts Pakistan to post growth of just 2.6 percent in 2011, while inflation is tipped to stand at around 14 percent this year.

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