Islamabad July 27 2022: Pakistan is expected to secure $1.2 billion from the International Monetary Fund, which may help ease pressure on the nation's currency and bonds, according to Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investor Service.
"We assume IMF board approval of Pakistan's new staff-level agreement" with the lender, said Krisjanis Krustins, a Hong Kong-based director at Fitch to Bloomberg. "This will unlock significant additional financing from the IMF and other multilateral and bilateral sources and may well provide a significant confidence boost to the markets."
Pakistan's currency and bonds have been hammered this month as the specter of political uncertainty delaying IMF support for the nation unnerves investors. The nation is striving to stave off fears it will follow Sri Lanka into a default this year, with the govemment working to secure billions of dollars from the Washington-based lender and countries like China and Saudi Arabia.