China agrees to rollover $2b debt on existing terms | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: China has agreed to rollover a $2 billion debt on existing terms after initially seeking a hike in price, as Pakistan’s policy to maintain foreign exchange reserves through deposits by three countries is becoming costly due to a 118% surge in interest cost. The Ministry of Finance officials said that an understanding has been […]

Debt burden surges to record high of Rs81.2 trillion | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s total debt and liabilities have peaked at Rs81.2 trillion – a figure that grew at a faster pace of over 27% during the past year, posing emergent management challenges to the newly elected government. The bulletin released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday showed that the country’s total debt and […]

PIA debt burden shifted to taxpayers | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The government and commercial banks have agreed on a Rs268 billion debt restructuring plan for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). This move, while shifting the burden of PIA’s inefficiency onto taxpayers, removes an irritant in its privatisation. The Ministry of Finance, abandoning its previous stance of not incorporating PIA debt into public debt, now commits […]

Govt set to pay $27.5b debt by Nov | The Express Tribune

KARACHI: The central bank has reported that Pakistan has to pay $27.47 billion in foreign debt and interest cost over one year till the end of November 2024 and arrangements have already been made to pay a large proportion of the debt under the IMF loan programme. Talking to The Express Tribune, Optimus Capital Management […]

$600m loan linked to IPP debt | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Two Chinese commercial banks have linked their $600 million loans with the prior settlement of the debt that Pakistan owes to the Chinese power plants—a condition that Islamabad has refused to accept because of its implications on the budget and setting a wrong precedent. Government sources told The Express Tribune that the prospects of […]

$600m commercial loan linked to IPP debt | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Two Chinese commercial banks have linked their $600 million loans with the prior settlement of the debt that Pakistan owes to the Chinese power plants—a condition that Islamabad has refused to accept because of its implications on the budget and setting a wrong precedent. Government sources told The Express Tribune that the prospects of […]

Rs908b added to public debt in Nov | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The interim government added Rs908 billion to public debt in November alone – the third-highest increase in a single month in this fiscal year, largely due to increased expenditures, pushing its overall debt to Rs63.4 trillion. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported on Friday that the federal government’s debt increased to Rs63.8 trillion […]

Ethiopia defaults on debt payment | The Express Tribune

LONDON: Ethiopia became Africa’s third default on Tuesday after it failed to make a $33 million “coupon” payment on its only international government bond. Africa’s second most populous country announced earlier this month that it intended to formally go into default, having been under severe financial strain in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and […]

‘Turkey’s intl debt sales could hit record in 2024’ | The Express Tribune

LONDON: Turkey’s pivot back to orthodox fiscal policies could pay off with record debt issuance and the continued return of foreign investors in 2024, JPMorgan Managing Director Stefan Weiler told Reuters. International investors had fled Turkey amid years of low interest rates, despite soaring inflation, as well as a complex web of financial regulations and […]

Investment in govt debt hits record | The Express Tribune

KARACHI: The parking of bank deposits in the safe-haven government debt securities hit a new high at 92% in November 2023, leaving very little financing for the private sector, which has remained the engine of economic growth. According to State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) latest data on commercial bank deposits, investments and advances, the banks […]

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