IMF Signs SLA with Afghanistan for 3.5 Years Extended Credit Facility
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IMF Signs SLA with Afghanistan for 3.5 Years Extended Credit Facility

IMF Signs SLA with Afghanistan for 3.5 Years Extended Credit Facility

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Azim M. Sadikov held virtual discussions with the Afghanistan authorities in July and August 2020 on IMF support for Afghanistan’s economic reform program. After the discussions, Sadikov issued the following statement: 

"I am pleased to announce that the Afghanistan authorities and IMF staff have reached a staff-level agreement on a three-and-half year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement to support the authorities’ economic reform program. Access under this arrangement is proposed at SDR 259 million (about US$364 million). The agreement is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board, which is expected to consider the request in late October after the authorities implement the agreed prior action to improve the accountability and transparency in procurement." 

According to Sadikov, the new ECF arrangement will support the authorities’ reform program to maintain macroeconomic stability and lay the ground for a sustained post-pandemic economic recovery while continuing to advance structural reforms. As the recovery gets underway, the reform program will aim to gradually reverse the fiscal deterioration caused by the pandemic and create space for development spending while increasing self-reliance, mainly through improvements in customs and revenue administration and value-added tax implementation in 2022. Monetary policy will continue to focus on maintaining price stability and a flexible exchange rate regime while fostering confidence in the Afghani.

He further added, "Building on the 2016-19 ECF, successfully completed in December 2019, institutional reforms under the new ECF arrangement will focus on addressing structural fragilities that hamper growth, economic resilience, and equitable social outcomes. To that end, the program will aim to improve fiscal governance, strengthen the anti-corruption regime, and bolster the financial sector. Key reforms include building capacity to manage public investment and fiscal risks, improving the effectiveness of the asset declaration regime, enhancing spending efficiency, and strengthening social protection. Bolstering the financial sector, including by completing the reform of state-owned banks, will also be important to boost its capacity to contribute to growth."

“Coming before the November pledging conference, the ECF arrangement is expected to catalyze donor financing, which is critical to support Afghanistan’s reform and development objectives under the multi-year National Peace and Development Framework.”

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