The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that it had approved a $500 million disbursement to Pakistan for budget support after the IMF executive board completed delayed reviews of Pakistan’s $6 billion loan program.The IMF said the latest payment brought total disbursements under the Extended Fund Facility to $2 billion since the program was approved in July 2019.”The Pakistani authorities have continued to make satisfactory progress under the fund-supported program, which has been an important policy anchor during an unprecedented period,” IMF Deputy Managing Director Antoinette Sayeh said in a statement.”While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges, the authorities’ policies have been critical in supporting the economy and saving lives and livelihoods,” she said.The disbursement was made after Pakistan cleared up an issue with data on government guarantees dating to fiscal 2016 that had been reported inaccurately and put the government in noncompliance with the program.The IMF said Pakistani authorities had taken strong corrective actions to address institutional shortcomings, including a lack of interagency coordination, to correct the issue.

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