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The International Monetary Fund

IMF approves $1.3bn under EFF for Jordan

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2020

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a 48-month arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) with Jordan for an amount equivalent to SDR926.37 million ($1.3 billion or 270 per cent of Jordan’s quota) to support the country’s economic and financial reform programme. 
It also provides for spending to contain and treat COVID-19. This programme is anchored by critical structural reforms designed to lower electricity costs for businesses and create incentives for them to hire more young people. 
The aim is to support stronger and more inclusive growth, create jobs, especially for women and young people, and reduce poverty. Improving the fiscal situation is also needed to stabilise and bring public debt towards more sustainable levels. 
Continued support from donors, particularly through concessional loans and budget grants, will be critical to programme success and help Jordan cope with humanitarian and economic needs.
Although the programme was designed before the COVID-19 outbreak, changes were made to the programme to support unbudgeted spending covering emergency outlays and medical supplies and equipment. If the impact of the outbreak is deep enough to put at risk programme objectives, the programme will be adapted further to the changed circumstances, upon reaching understandings with the authorities.
Following the Board’s decision, an amount equivalent to SDR102.93 million ($139.23 million) is available for immediate disbursement; the remaining amount will be phased out over the duration of the Fund-supported programme, subject to eight programme reviews.-- Tradearabia News Service


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