Crisis-Hit Pakistan Strikes $3bn IMF Bailout Deal

By Annabelle Liang & Peter Hoskins
Business reporters
Crisis-hit Pakistan has reached a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over $3bn (£2.4bn) of funding.

The deal, which still needs to be approved by the global lender’s board, comes after an eight-month delay.

The South Asian nation is facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1947.

To help secure the deal, Pakistan’s central bank raised its main interest rate to a record high of 22% on Monday.

Pakistan’s economy, which was already struggling after years of financial mismanagement, has been pushed to the brink by a global energy crisis and devastating floods that hit the country last year.

“The economy has faced several external shocks such as the catastrophic floods in 2022 that impacted the lives of millions of Pakistanis and an international commodity price spike in the wake of Russia’s war in Ukraine,” Nathan Porter, IMF’s mission chief for Pakistan said. READ MORE

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