The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has abolished all import restrictions in order to meet another International Monetary Fund (IMF) demand.
In order to meet another IMF demand, the central bank issued a circular removing all import restrictions.
The federal government authorised institutions that provide remittances to release over 6,000 containers. The SBP noted in the circular that remittances will be provided for all imports following the implementation of the most recent directive.
According to the central bank, authorised dealers have been instructed to provide remittances in accordance with the recommendations of stakeholders.
It was revealed yesterday that Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are having difficulties restarting a loan programme, which is causing friction between the IMF and the Ministry of Finance.
According to sources, the money collected from the donor meeting in Geneva was included in the plan to bridge the external finance deficit.
The purpose of the meeting was to rally support and contributions to Pakistan’s financial needs. The IMF was assigned a target of $500 million by June through the Geneva Donor Conference as part of the strategy.
Attempts to collect finances for the Ministry of Planning and Treasury, on the other hand, have been thwarted. The Ministry has struggled to make progress on contracts and agreements under the Donor Conference, which has slowed the financing process even more.
According to Ministry of Finance sources, just $150 million has been received through the Geneva Donor Conference, which is less than the planned amount. This has displeased the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has raised worry about the lack of financial support secured through the conference.
Despite these obstacles, the cash acquired through the Donor Conference will be used to fund critical recovery and reconstruction initiatives in flood-affected areas. The goal is to meet these communities’ needs and aid with their rehabilitation efforts.