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IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department
- Afghanistan experienced a large influx of refugees in 2016
- Key policy priorities include financial assistance for returnees, internally displaced people
- International community to provide humanitarian, financial support amid country's budget constraints
Afghanistan is seeing a surge in returning refugees from Pakistan, Iran, and Europe.
Large-scale conflicts are a major challenge for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Press Release No. 10/435
November 15, 2010
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Adnan Mazarei, IMF mission chief for Pakistan, participated in the 2010 Pakistan Development Forum in Islamabad. Mr. Mazarei issued the following statement on the occasion of the forum:
"IMF staff is very happy to participate in this Pakistan Development Forum.
Press Release No. 10/344
September 15, 2010
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 296.98 million (about US$451 million) under the Emergency Natural Disaster Assistance (ENDA) for Pakistan to help the country manage the immediate aftermath of the massive and devastating floods that have hit the country.
The following item is a Letter of Intent of the government of Pakistan, which describes the policies that Pakistan intends to implement in the context of its request for financial support from the IMF. The document, which is the property of Pakistan, is being made available on the IMF website by agreement with the member as a service to users of the IMF website.
Press Release No. 10/326
September 2, 2010
Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), announced today that the Fund will provide around US$450 million in immediate emergency financing to Pakistan to help the country manage the aftermath of the massive and devastating floods that have hit the country.
"The floods in Pakistan are first and foremost a human tragedy still affecting millions of people.
Press Release No. 10/198
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Pakistan's economic performance under a program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 766.7 million (about US$1.13 billion), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 4.94 billion (about US$ 7.27 billion).
Press Release No.
In the context of the Second Review and Request for the Augmentation of Access Under the Stand- By Arrangement, the following documents have been released and are included in this package:
- The staff report for the Second Review and Request for the Augmentation of Access Under the Stand-By Arrangement, prepared by a staff team of the IMF, following discussions that ended on July 10, 2009, with the officials of Pakistan on economic developments and policies. Based on information available at the time of these discussions, the staff report was completed on July 29, 2009.
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- Higher lending to build official reserves, support targeted spending on poor
- Pakistan managing stabilize economy, exchange rate
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The IMF's Executive Board agreed to increase lending to Pakistan by an extra $3.2 billion to fund priority spending and help the government provide assistance to nearly three million people displaced by military operations and a difficult security situation.
The Board reviewed progress under a $7.6 billion Stand-By Arrangement for Pakistan that was agreed in …
with Adnan Mazarei, Assistant Director in the IMF Middle East and Central Asia Department
Washington, August 7, 2009
MR. MAZAREI: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. The Fund's Executive Board today agreed to increase its lending to Pakistan by an extra $3.2 billion to fund priority spending, and help the government provide assistance to several million internally-displaced persons.
I would like to note that the key program objectives have been achieved, despite very difficult political and security conditions.
Press Release No. 09/160
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, led by Mr. Adnan Mazarei, visited Dubai over the past week to initiate discussions on the second review under Pakistan's SDR 5.169 billion SBA (about US$7.6 billion) Stand-By Arrangement (SBA), approved by the Executive Board of the IMF on November 24, 2008.
In addition to support under its regular and special facilities, the IMF provides emergency assistance through loans to help members meet economic problems arising from sudden and unforeseeable natural disasters. The IMF has also expanded the scope of emergency assistance to include countries emerging from conflict in carefully defined situations.