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Pak bags preliminary deal for $6Bn IMF bailout

ANI | Updated: May 13, 2019 03:26 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan] May 13 (ANI): Pakistan government reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout package of $6 billion, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Sunday.
According to Dawn, Dr Shaikh while speaking on state-run PTV News said: "After months of discussions and negotiations, a staff-level agreement has been reached between Pakistan and the IMF."
He disclosed that Pakistan, under the IMF programme, would receive assistance worth $6 billion over a period of three years.
IMF Mission Chief for Pakistan Ernesto Ramirez Rigo was quoted in an IMF press release as saying: "The Pakistani authorities and the IMF team have reached a staff-level agreement on economic policies that could be supported by a 39-month Extended Fund Arrangement (EFF) for about US $6 billion."
Dr Shaikh said IMF is an international institution who assists member countries in "economic difficulty". He further went on to say that Pakistan could not have bridged the financing gap of $12 billion, created by a weak economy, on its own.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday had rejected the first draft for a bailout package after which the talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF) were still underway.
Besides the assistance by IMF, Pakistan will receive additional funds worth nearly $2-3 billion from institutions like the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, the adviser informed. (ANI)