KARACHI: Foreign exchange reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) decreased 1.21% on a weekly basis, according to data released on Thursday by the central bank, marking the sixth successive week when the amount has experienced a dip.
On January 19, foreign currency reserves held by the central bank were recorded at $13,532.8 million, down $166.2 million or 1.21% compared to $13,699 million in the previous week.
The decrease in reserves was attributed to external debt servicing and other official payments.
Overall, liquid foreign reserves held by the country, including net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $19,640.4 million. Net reserves held by banks amounted to $6,107.6 million.
Pakistan recently raised $2.5 billion by floating dollar-denominated sovereign bonds in the international market in a bid to shore up official reserves.
A few months ago, foreign currency reserves surged due to official inflows including $622 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and $106 million from the World Bank.
Earlier, the SBP received $350 million under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) and made payments of $62 million for external debt servicing.
In January, the SBP made a $500-million loan repayment to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), China.
According to officials up to $2 billion of equipment, funding is at stake
Decrease attributed to external debt servicing and other official payments
Decrease attributed to payments on account of external debt servicing