IMF Executive Board Approves $14.3 Million Debt Relief to the United Republic of Tanzania Under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust
June 10, 2020
- The IMF Executive Board approved debt relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust to provide US$14.3 million over the next 4 months, and potentially up to US$25.7 million over the next 23 months.
- IMF debt service relief will help free up resources for public sector health needs and other emergency spending, as well as mitigate the balance of payments shock resulting from the pandemic.
- Given the risks ahead, it would be important to ensure close cooperation with multilateral organizations and donors and ensure sufficient budget allocations on health and other priority spending.
Washington, DC – The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved
a grant under the IMF’s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) to
cover Tanzania’s debt service falling due to the IMF from today to October
13, 2020, the equivalent of US$14.3 million.
Additional relief covering the period from October 14, 2020 to April
13, 2022 will be granted subject to the availability of resources in
the CCRT, potentially bringing total relief on debt service to the
equivalent of about US$25.7 million.
The debt service relief will contribute to alleviate Tanzania’s balance of
payment needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has weakened near-term macroeconomic prospects for Tanzania.
The country is facing a drastic reduction in tourism receipts, budget
pressures, and a projected deceleration of GDP growth from over 6 percent
to 4 percent in the current fiscal year and to 2.8 percent in the upcoming
fiscal year (the fiscal year ends in June).
Following the Executive Board’s discussion, Mr. Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing
Director and Chair, issued the following statement:
“The COVID-19 pandemic is having an adverse economic impact on Tanzania,
creating exceptional fiscal and balance of payments needs. The authorities
have implemented containment measures and avoided an economic lockdown.
They remain vigilant to the risk of spiraling infections and uncertainty
surrounding the pandemic.
“The IMF’s debt service relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief
Trust will free up public resources to help address the pandemic. The
authorities are committed to using the additional resources for their
intended purposes and in a transparent manner, including through ex-post
audits of COVID-related spending. To deal with the remaining risks, it will
be important to safeguard appropriate funding for health and other priority
social spending in the FY2020/21 budget, as well as ensure close
cooperation with the World Health Organization, multilateral agencies, and
“Looking ahead, structural reforms remain crucial to support a robust
economic recovery. The focus includes addressing arrears on VAT refunds and
government expenditures, enhancing human capital and the business
environment, and improving the affordability of bank credit.
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