SBP reserves fall 0.7pc, stand at $7.8bn


The foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank contracted 0.7pc on a weekly basis to stand at $7.8 billion, a private media outlet reported on Thursday, quoting the data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

The overall liquid foreign currency reserves, held by the country, including net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $14,826.9 million. Net reserves held by banks amounted to $7,019.7 million.

A few weeks ago, the reserves had jumped on account of $2.5 billion in inflows from China.

Over time, the declining reserves have forced the central bank to let the rupee depreciate massively, sparking concern about the country’s ability to finance a hefty import bill as well as meet debt obligations in coming months.

In April last year, the SBP’s reserves increased $593 million due to official inflows. A few months ago, the reserves surged due to official inflows including $622 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and $106 million from the World Bank.

The SBP also received $350 million under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) earlier.

In January last year, the SBP made a $500 million loan repayment to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), China.



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