IMF okays over $1.7bn for Jamaica to protect from inflation, climate change

      IMF okays over $1.7bn for Jamaica to  protect from inflation, climate change

A man walks past the International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo at its headquarters in Washington, DC, on May 10, 2018. File photo credit Reuters/Yuri Gripas.


WASHINGTON, DC--The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday approved over US $1.7 billion in funds for Jamaica to help it insure against higher inflation, tighter fiscal conditions, possible COVID outbreaks and climate change.

  The IMF said in a statement its executive board had approved Jamaica’s request for some $968 million under a Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) deal and about $764 million under the newly created Resilience and Sustainability Facility (RSF).

  Though the pandemic struck a blow to the Caribbean island country’s critical tourism industry, the IMF said tourism had bounced back, adding that public debt was also declining and high inflation had been receding since mid-2022.

  Real gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2022 is expected at around 4%, the lender said. Its forecasts are in line with those reported in February following a visit by the IMF executive board.

  While the IMF praised Jamaica’s fiscal policies and has forecast that Jamaican inflation should fall back to the central bank’s target by the end of this year, it said the economy is facing “significant external risks”.

  The PLL, a two-year arrangement, is set to help Jamaica buffer its economy against global financial risks, such as high commodity prices, surging borrowing costs and a global slowdown, as well as possible new COVID-19 outbreaks, it said.

  The RSF, it added, is expected to incentivise renewable energy, develop green financial instruments and manage climate risks in the country’s financial sector. ~ Reuters ~

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