The foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank decreased 3.2% on a weekly basis, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday.
On September 16, the foreign currency reserves held by the SBP were recorded at $8,346.4 million, down $278 million compared with $8,624 million on September 9.
According to the central bank, the decrease came due to external debt repayment.
Overall liquid foreign currency reserves held by the country, including net reserves held by banks other than the SBP, stood at $14,069.9 million. Net reserves held by banks amounted to $5,723.5 million.
In the week ended August 27, 2021, the foreign exchange reserves held by the central bank soared to an all-time high of $20.15 billion after Pakistan received general allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) worth $2,751.8 million from the IMF on August 24.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2022.
Originally published at tribune.com.pk