$2.3 bn Chinese loan credited to State Bank of Pakistan: Finance minister

Pakistani Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said on Friday that a of USD 2.3 billion from a Chinese consortium of banks had been credited to the central bank’s account.

Taking to Twitter, Ismail wrote, “I am pleased to announce that Chinese consortium of RMB 15bn (roughly USD 2.3 bn) has been credited into State Bank of (SBP) account today, increasing our foreign exchange reserves.”

To cope up with country’s dwindling cash reserves, Ismail earlier said that a of USD 2.3 billion from a Chinese consortium of banks to was expected within a “couple of days”.

Notably, a Chinese consortium of banks and had signed a USD 2.3 billion loan facility agreement earlier. In an update on the agreement, on Wednesday, Pakistan’s finance minister Miftah Ismail said that cash inflow under the loan agreement is expected within days.

Taking to Twitter, Ismail had written, “The Chinese consortium of banks has today signed the RMB 15 billion (~$2.3 billion) loan facility agreement after it was signed by the Pakistani side yesterday. Inflow is expected within a couple of days. We thank the Chinese government for facilitating this transaction.”

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wrote on social media, “Grateful to President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the people of . Chinese…

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