Pakistan Borrowed $2.07 Billion in First Quarter of FY 2019-20

Pakistan received $2.075 billion as loans and grants from multilateral and bilateral sources in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (2019-2020) compared to $1.042 billion last year.

This was revealed by the Economic Affairs Division (EAD).

The government budgeted foreign assistance of $12.957 billion for the current fiscal year, including $2 billion foreign commercial loans.

The country received $1.017 billion from multilaterals and $401.101 million bilaterally during July-September 2019-20. Another $141.73 million was received in Saudi oil facility in the current fiscal year out of a total of $3.2 billion.

China disbursed $261 million in the first three months of fiscal year 2019-20 including $91.46 million for the Havelian-Thakot road project, $122.64 million for the Sukkur-Multan motorway and $8.97 million for the Orange Line Metro project.

The Islamic Development Bank disbursed $303.68 million in the first three months out of a total of $1.1 billion budgeted for the current fiscal year. Asian Development Bank (ADB) disbursed $552.16 million, United Kingdom (UK) $93.94 million, World Bank $137 million, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) $23.31 million, USA $14.54 million and Japan $15.95 million in the first three months of current fiscal year.

According to EAD, the government borrowed $514.55 million from foreign commercial banks compared to $240 million during the same period of last year. Dubai Bank disbursed $193.05 million in September.

Citibank disbursed $148.2 million in August. The country borrowed $123.31 million from Dubai Bank out of total committed amount of $325 million and $50 million from a consortium of Credit Suisse out of its total commitment of $250 million in July.

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