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    WORLD BANK HAPPY WITH CHAKWERA REGIME, RESUMES DIRECT BUDGETARY SUPPORT WITH $137 MILLION

    The World Bank on Tuesday sent a strong message that it is satisfied with how the administration of President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is running the affairs of the country, especially on rescuing the country’s ailing economy.

    In a statement announcing resumption of direct budgetary financing package, the Bank stressed that the Chakwera government “has demonstrated commitment to address macroeconomic imbalances, unsustainable debt, and longstanding

    structural and business environment constraints inhibiting private sector-led growth”.

    “It is also taking robust steps to restore macroeconomic stability through addressing long-standing fiscal, monetary and external sector imbalances, as reflected in the new Extended Credit Facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” reads the statement in part.

    The World Bank budgetary support was stopped in 2017 following the massive plunder of government resources by the previous administration of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Arthur Peter Mutharika.

    The World Bank said resumption of the support is meant to enhance fiscal sustainability and transparency while stimulating private sector-led growth and increase resilience to shocks.

    The Bank further said the budgetary support will also help the country achieve economic growth.

    “The World Bank applauds Malawi’s authorities for taking tough but necessary decisions to stabilize an acute macro-economic crisis.

    “I am pleased the Bank is now able to respond with a substantial budget support operation that supports an ongoing program of reforms,” said Nathan Belete, the Bank’s Country Director for Malawi.

    Belete said the Bank will continue to work closely with the authorities and all international partners to protect the poorest while pursuing a much needed economic turnaround.

    “Together, we must ensure this operation marks a turning point in the country’s economic fortunes,” said the Country Director.”

    The budgetary support package, in the form of US$137 million Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat-DDO), consists of an immediate release of $80 million to support reforms and recovery and a $57 million Cat-DDO that can be triggered in the event of a crisis.

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