The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) is keen to support the efforts of its member countries to implement economic, financial and structural reforms, in face of various challenges, through a number of means, including financing the needs of the balance of payments and public budgets, and financing trade through its affiliate the Arab Trade Financing Program, in addition to its role in promoting policy dialogue and consultation on economic, financial and development issues via its various forums and activities, providing technical advice to member countries in the field of economic, fiscal and financial policies, and providing training for government officials in member countries through its Institute for Training and Capacity Building.
The AMF is also keen to provide financial and technical support to its member countries during this period in particular, in light of the developments taking place due to the COVID-19, and the ensuing economic and financial repercussions in different aspects. The AMF assistance in this regard comes as a support to the reform efforts of member countries and the measures they are taking to stimulate the economy and provide liquidity in order to contain the negative effects of the virus outbreak.
In this context, the AMF extended a new loan to the Kingdom of Morocco, within the framework of the Structural Adjustment Facility, with the amount of Arab Accounting Dinar 51.406 million, the equivalent of approximately USD 211 million, to support a reform program in the public finance sector, in face of current circumstances. The loan agreement was signed on 23, May, 2020, by HE Mohamed Benchaaboun, Minister of Economy, Finance, and Administration Reform, on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco, and HE Dr. Abdulrahman A. Al Hamidy, Director General Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the AMF, on behalf of the AMF.
The AMF had recently provided an Automatic Loan to the Kingdom of Morocco, in the amount of Arab Accounting Dinar 30.844 million, the equivalent to about USD 127 million. The loan agreement was signed on May 7, 2020, and the loan amount was withdrawn on May 20, 2020, in order to support the Kingdom’s external financial position, and meet emergency needs.
The AMF is currently studying financing requests from other member countries, and is processing the requests through expeditious procedures, in order to provide support as quickly as possible, so that the borrowing member countries can meet financing needs and enhance their financial positions to face various challenges, especially in such times.