IMF signs deal with Sudan’s transitional government

by MCR Correspondent

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund has approved an agreement signed with Sudan’s transitional government.

The agreement made on Sunday September 26, 2020, will see Sudan obtaining $1.5 billion annually, and its debts estimated at $60 billion dropped.

Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair of the IMF Antoinette Sayeh stated that, “The authorities (in Sudan) have requested an IMF staff-monitored program to establish a track record on policy and reform implementation, which is a requirement for eventual debt relief vis-a-vis official creditors.”

Sudanese Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Heba Muhammad Ali announced, “This approval paves the way for resolving the economic difficulties facing the Sudanese people and reforming the structural distortions left by the previous regime.”

“It would help achieving the stability required to achieve a just and sustainable peace across the country.” she added.

The minister indicated that the necessary reforms “Will produce tangible benefits for the Sudanese people, the most important of which is exempting Sudan’s debt arrears, as Sudan reaches the decision point of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Program (HIPC).”

The Minister added that the more than $1.5 billion annually in direct development will allow Sudan to stimulate investment and revive the economy to create job opportunities for young men and women, while increasing revenues and exports.

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