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Published Date: 30 December 2020

Singapore supports international efforts to strengthen IMF resources amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Singapore, 30 December 2020… The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that Singapore will renew its loan commitments to support multilateral efforts to strengthen the capacity of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  These loan renewals will help boost the IMF’s resources to enable it to effectively play its role in safeguarding global economic and financial stability in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2.      The loan commitments to the IMF will be made under the following agreements:

         (i) New Arrangements to Borrow (NAB)The NAB is a set of multilateral credit arrangements between the IMF and 38 member countries/ institutions. The renewed NAB commitments from IMF members is expected to reach a total of USD521.5 billion (SDR364.7 billion). with a US$1.86 billionThe currency of commitment is in SDR, with the amount SDR1.30 billion. loan for the period 2021- 2025; and
         (ii) Bilateral Borrowing Agreement (BA)The BAs are between the IMF and 40 countries. The renewed BA commitments from IMF members is expected to reach a total of USD188.8 billion (SDR132.0 billion). with a US$1.72 billion loan for the period 2021-2024.

Singapore has been a contributor to the NAB since its inception in 1998, and a contributor to the BA since 2012.

3.      Singapore’s loan commitments take the form of contingent loans to the IMF and are not made directly to countries borrowing from the IMF. The IMF will only draw upon the loan commitments if its other existing resources are significantly reduced. The loans will remain part of Singapore’s Official Foreign Reserves in the event that Singapore’s commitment is drawn upon.