April 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan and the Government of Japan signed debt suspension agreements amounting to $ 367 million under the G-20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (Phase-I). Mr. Noor Ahmed, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division and Mr. Kuninori Matsuda, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan signed these agreements in Islamabad. The signing ceremony was witnessed by senior officials of Japanese Embassy. In the wake of COVID-19, the G20 countries, together with the Paris Club creditors, announced a Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) to provide much needed fiscal space to stressed countries in order to meet their urgent economic and health needs. The Government of Pakistan, taking advantage of this initiative, entered into negotiations with 21 creditor countries for debt suspension amounting to US$ 1.6 Billion under DSSI Phase-I (April – December, 2020). The Government of Pakistan will repay the suspended amount in 4-years starting January, 2022. On this occasion, Secretary, EAD reiterated his appreciation for the debt suspension provided by Japanese Government. He highlighted that Japan is the 2nd largest bilateral lender to Pakistan. He also thanked the Government of Japan for its generous support for fighting against COVID-19 pandemic. He lauded that Japan’s timely support helped Pakistan save lives & livelihoods of millions during the testing times. He also acknowledged continued support of Japan for health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, disaster management and urban services including water supply, sanitation and waste management. While speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Matsuda also reaffirmed Japanese support to Pakistan on issues of mutual interest. Japanese economic assistance has played and shall continue to play a vital role in the socioeconomic uplift of Pakistan, he added. Both sides reiterated strong commitment towards further expanding bilateral economic cooperation.