SBP’s reserves fall to $10.889 billion

SBP’s reserves fall to $10.889 billion

KARACHI: The official reserves of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have reduced by $85 million to $10.889 billion by week ended April 17, 2020, the central bank said on Thursday.

The SBP attributed this decline to government external debt payments of $145 million.

The SBP said that on April 20, 2020, it received $1.39 billion from International Monetary Fund (IMF) under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) to address the economic impact of the Covid-19 shock.

These funds will be part of SBP weekly reserves data as of 24-April-2020, to be released on 30-April-2020.

The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at $17.300 million on April 17, 2020. The reserves held by commercial banks were at Rs6.41 billion.