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IMF Staff completes Discussions for a US$115 Million Disbursement to Chad in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 8, 2020

  • IMF staff completes discussions for emergency access to the Rapid Credit Facility to help Chad address the economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • IMF Executive Board’s approval of the request by the Chadian authorities will make available US$115 million to meet the urgent budgetary and balance of payments needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board’s consideration of the request is expected by mid-April.
  • The government has taken strong measures to halt the community spread of the virus and is preparing an economic plan to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

Mr. Edward Gemayel, Mission Chief for Chad at the International Monetary
Fund (IMF), made the following statement:

“IMF staff completed discussions with the authorities for a disbursement by
mid-April of US$115 million. This will allow the authorities to meet the
urgent budgetary and balance of payment needs stemming from the
deterioration of the global economic conditions and the spread of COVID-19
in Chad. The authorities hope that the IMF financial support will help
catalyze much needed financial support from other development partners.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a severe economic and social impact on
Chad and could jeopardize the gains achieved in recent years under the
current Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. Economic activity is
projected to slow sharply, and large fiscal and external financing needs
have emerged. Containing a spread of the pandemic will put pressure on a
weak health system and entail additional spending in the health sector,
under the National Contingency Plan for the preparedness and response to
the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures to prevent the spread of the virus have
created hardship for households and businesses.

“The authorities have taken strong actions to mitigate the impact of the
pandemic by closing schools, suspending flights, and banning public
gatherings. They are currently putting together a comprehensive economic
plan to upgrade the health system and contain the economic impact of the

“The IMF team would like to thank the Chadian authorities for the candid
and constructive discussions. The mission had working sessions with Mr.
Tahir Hamid Nguilin, Minister of Finance and Budget,
and a team from the Ministry of Finance and Budget.”

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