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IMF approves $79.1m loan for Mongolia

| Updated: December 17, 2017 13:21:19

IMF approves $79.1m loan for Mongolia

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a loan of about US$79.1 million for Mongolia following two rounds of reviews of the country’s performance. 

In a statement, the IMF said the completion of the first and second reviews of Mongolia’s performance enables the country to draw the equivalent of 55.912 million in the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR), equivalent to about US$79.1 million.

That would bring total disbursements to SDR83.868 million, or about $118.6 million, as part of a three-year extended arrangement under the IMF’s Extended Fund Facility, the statement said.

The IMF approved the extended arrangement in May for about US$425 million, according to Reuters.

Mongolia had met “all quantitative targets” under the arrangement thanks in part to “strong policy implementation and a supportive external environment,” as well as notable progress in structural reforms, the statement said.

Mongolia’s economy is expected to grow by 3.3 per cent in 2017, “considerably better than forecasted at the time of programme approval,” the statement said. 

While praising the country’s progress on structural, fiscal and social reforms, the IMF said that Mongolia continues to face economic risks.

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