Pakistan receives $500 million each from World Bank, ADB

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KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said on Wednesday it has received one billion dollars – 500 million dollars each from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

The ADB approved a $500 million loan to help the country tackle the ongoing coronavirus and strengthen the health sector, while the World Bank approved a $500 million loan to help improve the healthcare and education systems.

Meanwhile, the central bank said the country’s current account deficit (CAD) turned into a surplus of $13 million by May 2020 against a deficit of $530 million in April 2020 and $1004 million in May 2019.

On a cumulative basis, the current account deficit narrowed by 73.6 per cent to $3.3 billion during Jul-May FY20 from $12.5 billion during the same period last year, the State Bank said.