IMF board approves $456 mln program for Mozambique

PUBLISHED: Tue, 10 May 2022 11:15:45 GMT

May 9 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund’s executive board on Monday approved a three-year, $456 million extended credit facility arrangement for Mozambique, with about $91 million available for immediate disbursement, the Fund said.

The facility is the southeast African nation’s first program since the global lender suspended support six years ago. Read full story

The IMF said the three-year arrangement will help support economic recovery and policies to reduce public debt and financing vulnerabilities, while creating space for public investments in human capital, climate adaptation and infrastructure.

The Fund said the program will support a reform agenda centered on establishing a sovereign wealth fund to manage the country’s liquefied natural gas wealth, mobilizing tax revenue and strengthening public finances.

“Mozambique has managed the COVID pandemic relatively well, maintaining macroeconomic stability and reform momentum even as the country has weathered a series of shocks, culminating with the effects of the war in Ukraine,” IMF Deputy Managing Director Bo Li said in a statement. “With policy space now limited, sustaining the economic recovery underway and tackling debt vulnerabilities are priorities.”

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub and David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler and Christopher Cushing)

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