International Monetary Fund. Middle East and Central Asia Dept.
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This paper provides an update on economic and policy developments in Pakistan since the issuance of the IMF staff report on December 11, 2013. Gross official reserves were US$3.4 billion as of December 16, 2013, in line with IMF staff projections. The State Bank of Pakistan purchased an additional US$75 million on top of the US$200 reported in the staff report in the foreign exchange spot market as part of the continued effort to build reserves. The exchange rate rebounded slightly and was down some 8 percent against the dollar since the end of June. Headline inflation reached 10.9 percent year over year in November from 9.1 percent in October. This is in line with IMF staff projections and mainly reflects food price increases.