Kenya is set to receive another loan from IMF

Once a borrowing nation, always a borrowing nation!

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde (L) shakes hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) at the State Lodge prior to a dinner on January 6, 2014 in Mombasa Kenya. AFP PHOTO / IMF /Stephen Jaffe

Kenya is set to receive another loan from the the International Monetary Fund (IMF). IMF on Friday, November 5 confirmed Sh.29 billion ($264 million) will be released in coming weeks.

IMF explained that it reached a staff level agreement with Kenya on a second review of IMF loan arrangements that would release the money upon Executive Board approval.

If approved, the disbursement would bring total IMF financial support for Kenya to $984 million for 2021.

"Kenya's economic rebound continues and the COVID-19 vaccination program has ramped up," IMF Kenya mission chief Mary Goodman said in a statement, adding that the pandemic dealt a setback to Kenya's sustainable development goals.

"New challenges include drought in the northern regions of the country and emerging security needs.

Energy prices are rising in tandem with world oil prices which, along with higher food prices, has pushed up overall inflation even as core inflation has remained stable," Goodman said.

The review of Kenya's Extended Fund Facility and Extended Credit Facility programs found that Kenyan authorities had remained committed to their economic reform program, the IMF said.

Kenya had outperformed on its fiscal targets for the 2020/21 fiscal year, and tax revenue has been recovering so far in fiscal 2021/22.

"The IMF team shared the authorities' assessment that some space is needed in FY21/22 for emergency spending to face the drought in the north of the country and meet emerging security needs," Goodman said.

Kenya’s debt currently at Sh7.7 trillion however remains sustainable, IMF says, but the country is at high risk of debt distress.

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