SBP-held foreign exchange reserves drop to a highly critical level of $2.92 billion

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The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reported a decrease in its foreign exchange reserves, as reflected in data released on Thursday. The reserves fell to a total of $2.92 billion, marking a reduction of $170 million.

According to the recent data, the current level of reserves held by the bank has reached its lowest point since February 2014.

The country’s total liquid foreign reserves were reported to be at $8.54 billion, according to the latest data. Meanwhile, commercial banks in the country held net foreign reserves of $5.62 billion.

“During the week ended on February 3, 2023, SBP’s reserves decreased by $170 million to $2,916.7 million due to external debt repayments,” the SBP said in a statement.

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) experienced a substantial decrease in its foreign exchange reserves last week, declining to $3.09 billion, a drop of $592 million. This represents the lowest level of reserves for the central bank since February 2014. The current level of reserves falls below one month’s worth of import coverage.


The depletion of the central bank’s reserves, which stood at nearly $18 billion at the beginning of 2022, highlights the pressing need for Pakistan to move forward with the next review of its International Monetary Fund (IMF) program.

These declining reserves serve as a reminder of the economic challenges facing the country and the importance of addressing them in a timely and effective manner.

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