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Reserves stand at $19.40b: BB

Staff Correspondent
30 Nov 2023 18:40:16 | Update: 30 Nov 2023 18:42:43
Reserves stand at $19.40b: BB
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Bangladesh's foreign exchange reserves stood at $19.40 billion on Thursday as per the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) BPM6 method, according to the latest Bangladesh Bank data.

The figure was $19.52 billion on November 22.

BB started following the international standard in calculating reserves as per a condition set by the IMF for a $4.7 billion loan approved for Bangladesh earlier this year to mitigate the forex crunch.

An analysis of the Balance of Payment (BoP) data clearly indicates that the government has been mostly unable to curb the steady loss of foreign exchange reserves.

The Bangladesh Bank pumped $8.22 billion of support from the reserves to stabilise the BoP in FY2022-23, which was $6.5 billion in FY2021-22. As a result, the gross reserves fell from $41.82 billion to $31.2 billion in FY2022-23.

Calculated under the IMF’s BPM6 method, the reserves would stand at $33.38 billion and $24.75 billion in FY22 and FY23, respectively. At the end of FY23, Bangladesh had the capacity to cover 4.6 months of import expenses with the reserves.

Experts warn that as this figure continues to decrease, it will take down the country’s capacity for essential commodity imports.