CAD drops 72.6% in Nov: Hafeez Shaikh

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ISLAMABAD
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Friday current account deficit declined by 72.6 per cent in November and 73 per cent between July-Nov this year. Sharing latest figures on external deficit and foreign reserves on Twitter, he said in five months, an increase in State Bank of Pakistan’s reserves by $1.8B & reduction of $3B in FX swaps/forward liabilities increased FX buffer by $4.8B, providing further stability to external account.
It is noteworthy that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a second tranche worth of $450 million for Pakistan under the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility in a meeting of its executive board in Washington.
The IMF in its board meeting said that Pakistan’s economic reform program is on track while decisive policy implementation by the Pakistani authorities is helping to preserve economic stability in the country. IMF said that the authorities remain committed to expanding the social safety nets, reducing poverty, and narrowing the gender gap.

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