IMF Executive Board Approves Two-Year US$23.93 Billion Flexible Credit Line Arrangement for Chile
May 29, 2020
- The IMF approved today a two-year arrangement for Chile under the Flexible Credit Line (FCL), designed for crisis prevention, of about US$23.93 billion.
- Chile qualifies for the FCL by virtue of its very strong fundamentals, institutional policy frameworks, track record of economic performance and policy implementation and commitment to maintain such policies in the future.
- The arrangement should boost confidence, and combined with the comfortable level of international reserves, provide insurance against downside risks. The authorities intend to treat the arrangement as precautionary financing.
– May 29, 2020
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved today
a two-year arrangement for Chile under the Flexible Credit Line (FCL) in an
amount equivalent to SDR 17.443 billion (about US$ 23.93 billion,
equivalent to 1,000 percent of quota).
The FCL was established on March 24, 2009 as part of a major reform of
the Fund’s lending framework (see Press Release No. 09/85). The FCL is
designed for crisis prevention purposes as it provides the flexibility
to draw on the credit line at any time during the period of the
arrangement (one or two years), and subject to a mid-term review in
two-year FCL arrangements. Disbursements are not phased nor conditioned
on compliance with policy targets as in traditional IMF-supported
programs. This large, upfront access with no ongoing conditions is
justified by the very strong track records of countries that qualify
for the FCL, which gives confidence that their economic policies will
Following the Executive Board’s discussion on Chile, Mrs. Kristalina
Georgieva, Managing Director and Chair, issued the following statement:
“Chile’s very strong fundamentals, institutional policy frameworks, and
track record of implementing prudent macroeconomic policies have been
instrumental in absorbing the impact of a series of recent shocks. The
strong policy frameworks are anchored in the structural fiscal balance
rule, the credible inflation-targeting framework with the free-floating
exchange rate, and a sound financial system supported by effective
regulation and supervision. The authorities continue to show strong
commitment to maintaining very strong policies and institutional policy
frameworks going forward.
“Notwithstanding its very strong fundamentals and policy settings, Chile’s
open economy is exposed to substantial external risks as a result of the
ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, including a significant deterioration in global
demand for Chilean exports, a sharp decline or reversal of capital inflows
toward emerging markets, and an abrupt tightening of global financial
“Chile meets all the qualification criteria for an arrangement under the
Flexible Credit Line (FCL). The FCL arrangement will help boost market
confidence amid the elevated uncertainty and volatility in global financial
markets as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, by enhancing Chile’s external
buffers and providing valuable insurance against tail risks.
“The authorities intend to treat the FCL arrangement as precautionary and
temporary, and to exit the arrangement as soon as the 24-month period is
completed, conditional on a reduction of risks at the time of the mid-term
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