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Malawi gets $88.3M from IMF under 'food shock' loan window

The logo of the International Monetary Fund is visible on their building, Monday, April 5, 2021, in Washington.   -  
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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund approved on Monday (Nov 21) a disbursement of US$88.327 million to Malawi under the Food Shock Window of the Rapid Credit Facility.

The country became the first low-income nation to receive financing under this new mechanism. 

It provides, for a year, a channel for emergency Fund financing to member countries that have an urgent balance of payment needs due to acute food insecurity, a sharp increase in their food import bill, or a shock to their cereal exports.

Malawi is one of the 48 countries the IMF identified as worst affected by the global food crisis aggravated by the war in Ukraine.

The news comes days after the IMF Executive Board approved a Staff-Monitored Program. 

This informal agreement with the IMF should enable the Malawian authorities to build a track record of policy implementation before it possibly implements an IMF-supported program.

The deputy managing director and acting chair of the IMF executive board strongly invited the authorities to "swiftly implement [its] debt restructuring strategy", with the aim "to bring Malawi back to moderate risk of debt distress in the medium term."

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