SBP enhances borrowing limit under LTFF to Rs5 billion

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has enhanced the maximum borrowing limit under Long Term Financing Facility (LTFF) to Rs5 billion from Rs2.5 billion.

In a statement on Tuesday, the central bank said that it had extended the scope of LTFF to cover all permissible export oriented sectors.

This step is aimed at setting up of diverse export oriented projects in Pakistan and to boost exports in multiple sectors.

Further, to accommodate enhanced financing requirements of exporters for setting up long term export oriented projects, maximum limit of Rs. 2.5 billion has been enhanced to Rs. 5 billion per project under LTFF.

In line with the above measure, SBP has also provided additional concessional financing of Rs.200 billion to banks including Rs. 100 billion under Long Term Financing Facility (LTFF) and Rs. 100 billion under Export Refinance Scheme (EFS), to be utilized by June 30, 2020.

Going forward, to further promote SME exporters, SBP in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, is in the process of devising an elaborate mechanism for the allocation of LTFF and EFS to SME exporters.

These changes are likely to be announced in March 2020.

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