Pakistan Repays $1 Billion Eurobond Ahead of IMF Bailout Talks

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Pakistan central bank announced the repayment of a $1 billion Eurobond, marking a scheduled payment.
Pakistan central bank announced the repayment of a $1 billion Eurobond, marking a scheduled payment.

Pakistan central bank has announced the repayment of a $1 billion Eurobond, marking a scheduled payment ahead of the country’s anticipated negotiations for a long-term bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

This repayment comes amidst Pakistan’s ongoing economic challenges, including a ratio of payments crisis, high inflation, and currency devaluation.

Eurobond Repayment:

The Eurobond, launched in 2014, reached maturity this month and was repaid by Pakistan’s central bank on Friday. 

The central bank stated in a statement that the repayment was made to the agent bank for distribution to the bondholders.

IMF Bailout Negotiations:

Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb is set to depart for Washington on Sunday to participate in the IMF-World Bank spring meeting, where negotiations for Pakistan’s 24th long-term IMF bailout will commence. 

On Friday, Aurangzeb briefed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif about the new IMF program, indicating the government’s commitment to addressing the country’s economic challenges through IMF support.

Expiration of Previous IMF Arrangement:

Pakistan’s previous IMF standby arrangement of $3 billion, secured last summer, expired Thursday. 

The final tranche of $1.1 billion from this arrangement is expected to be released after the IMF board meeting later this month. 

The expiration of the standby arrangement underscores the urgency of negotiating a longer-term bailout program for Pakistan to implement necessary policy reforms and address its economic vulnerabilities.

Continued Engagement with IMF:

Pakistan is engaged in discussions with the IMF for a potential follow-up program, as IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva confirmed on Thursday. 

These discussions reflect Pakistan’s commitment to working with international institutions to stabilize its economy and address fiscal challenges.

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