Published November 02, 2016
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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced that Singapore intends to join in the multilateral effort to enhance the capacity of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to assist low-income countries.
Singapore will participate by making grants to the IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), and the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT). The PRGT supports concessional lending to low-income countries, while the CCRT enables the IMF to provide debt relief to low-income countries facing natural disasters and fast spreading epidemics. Developing countries in Asia will be able to benefit from these initiatives.
Singapore’s two grants, totalling US$20.3 million, will be paid for out of funds previously held at the IMF. Specifically, a US$20.0 million grant will be made to the PRGT, and will be paid from Singapore’s undrawn share of the IMF’s distributed profits from earlier gold sales. Another US$0.3 million grant will be made to the CCRT, and this will be drawn from unutilised balances under the previous Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative. These grants will not draw on MAS’ past reserves.
The Bretton Woods Agreements Act (BWAA) which was amended by Parliament to enable MAS to make grants to the IMF, came into effect on 7 October 2016. MAS will seek Parliament’s approval for these two grants at its next sitting on 7 November 2016.
Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker