China agrees to refinance Pakistan with $2.3-bn funding: FM Ismail – Business Standard

China | Pakistan  | Foreign exchange reserves
Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad  Last Updated at June 2, 2022 22:32 IST

has once again come to the rescue of cash-strapped as Minister Miftah Ismail said on Thursday that the Chinese banks have agreed to refinance his country with USD 2.3 billion worth of funds which will "shore up Pakistan's ."

"The terms and conditions for refinancing of RMB 15 billion deposit by Chinese banks (about USD 2.3 billion) have been agreed," Minister Miftah Ismail tweeted.
"Inflow is expected shortly after some routine approvals from both sides. This will help shore up our foreign exchange reserves," he added.
Pakistan's are under severe stress and declined by USD 190 million to USD 10.308 billion during the week ended on May 6, according to the State Bank of (SBP).
The country is heavily dependent on foreign loans but they are not easy to come by. The Ministry of Economic Affairs data earlier this month showed that received only USD 248 million in foreign loans in April, including USD 100 million worth of on deferred payments from .
Pakistan is looking towards the Monetary Fund (IMF) to restore a USD 6 billion package agreed in 2019. So far half of the promised money had been given. Pakistan would immediately get a USD 1 billion loan tranche from the once the two sides sort out differences.
With the economy in tatters and political instability looming large due to protests by former prime minister Imran Khan, there is increasing threat of Pakistan going the Sri Lankan way if quick measures are not taken.
Before he was ousted, Khan had requested Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to further refinance the RMB 15 billion loan that was extended to the country three years ago for another three years on existing terms and conditions.
According to official sources, the country would have to pay USD 20-21 billion in the next fiscal year starting from July 1. It would also need another about USD 15 billion to meet the trade deficit.
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