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Thursday Jun 16 2022
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BDBusiness Desk

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves fall to lowest level since Nov 2019

By
BDBusiness Desk

A person holds a stack of dollars. — Reuters/File
A person holds a stack of dollars. — Reuters/File
  • Forex reserves to cover imports for less than two months.
  • SBP's foreign exchange reserves clock in at $8,985 million.
  • Country desperate to revive IMF programme to boost reserves.


KARACHI: Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves fell to their lowest levels since November 2019, reaching $14,943 million, data from the central bank showed Thursday.

The total forex reserves held by the country stand at $14 billion as of June 10 — a level that covers imports for 1.32 months.

Meanwhile, the total reserves that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has amounted to stand at $8,985 million — the lowest level since July 2019.

Read more: Pakistan's forex reserves continue to decline

Breakdown:

  • Foreign reserves held by the SBP: $8,985.3 million
  • Net foreign reserves held by commercial banks: $5,957.7 million
  • Total liquid foreign reserves:$14,943.0 million

The announcement comes as the government desperately tries to revive the stalled International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme to boost the depleting foreign exchange reserves.

In its attempt to revive it, the government announced another massive hike in the price of petroleum products and ended the subsidies on it — a key demand of the IMF.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has also pinned hopes on Chinese banks refinancing $2.3 billion worth of funds which, according to him, will be received this month.