Govt secures $1.1bn from the ITFC for oil and gas imports

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Economic Affairs Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar witnessed the signing ceremony of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) Annual Financing Plan 2021 for the government of Pakistan, amounting to US$ 1.1 billion on Wednesday.
The document was signed by Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor Ahmed and Chief Executive Officer ITFC Eng Hani Salem Sonbol, a subsidiary organization of Islamic Development Bank Group).
According to Annual Financing Plan 2021, ITFC will mobilize trade financing of US$ 1.1 billion during the year 2021. The financing available through this facility will be utilised by Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd (PARCO) and Pakistan LNG Ltd (PLL) for import of crude oil, refined petroleum products and LNG during the year 2021.
This will be helpful to augment foreign currency reserves of the country and provide resources to meet the oil import bill. Such financing commitments reflect confidence of international financial institutions in Pakistan’s economy.
Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol highlighted that Pakistan and ITFC have long standing cooperation since the creation of ITFC in 2008. He highlighted that Pakistan is the 2nd largest beneficiary of ITFC financing.
He assured that ITFC will continue its support to meet financial needs of Pakistan for import of crude oil, petroleum products and LNG.
Makhdum Khusor Bakhtyar thanked and appreciated ITFC support for Pakistan. The minister underscored the importance of partnership between ITFC and Pakistan and highlighted that ITFC financing for import of oil and LNG. He also appreciated ITFC’s role in the development of trade and financing in the OIC member countries.
During the ceremony, it was also discussed and agreed in principle to expand the scope of future cooperation for financing of agricultural commodities including fertilizers, and assisting Pakistan for developing a system of warehouse receipt financing facility. The both sides agreed to finalize a new framework agreement potentially by June, 2021. The Minister welcomed and encouraged ITFC to play a bigger role in trade financing in Pakistan. – TLTP

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