IMF relieves EA’s indebted states with $1.9b financing deals

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) board has approved the payment of $620.65 million in budgetary support for Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as part of the $1.92 billion financing commitments which the Washington-based institution agreed with six East African nations in the past six months.

The deals have come as a relief for the six countries (the others are Somalia, Burundi and Kenya), which are saddled with debts, a situation made worse by falling revenue collections, declining forex reserves and depreciating currencies.

The IMF funding, which is pegged on the implementation of key socioeconomic and governance reforms by the recipient countries, is aimed at helping them deal with the persistent budget deficits and shore up the flagging foreign exchange reserve positions.

In the past two weeks, the fund’s board approved the disbursement of $150.5 million, $268.05 million and $ 202.1 million for Tanzania, Rwanda and the DRC respectively.

For Tanzania, the funding is part of the $1.04 billion Extended Credit Facility (ECF) that was approved by the IMF board in July 2022. The approval of Dodoma’s funding followed the completion of the programme’s second review, bringing Tanzania’s total access under the arrangement to $455.3 million.

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