IMF commends St. Kitts and Nevis, says Federation is first Caribbean nation to repay institution early

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 1ST 2014 (CUOPM) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is commending the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis for the economic achievements made under the recent Stand By Arrangement (SBA).

The Washington-based international lending institution in its release also announced that St. Kitts and Nevis has repaid, ahead of schedule, SDR 11.1 million (about US$17.1 million) obligations to the IMF on June 24, 2014 and has become the first time a Caribbean nation has repaid the financial institution early.

“There has been a significant improvement in fiscal and debt sustainability and a strong economic recovery. St. Kitts and Nevis’ ability to repay the IMF ahead of schedule reflects the improvement in its macroeconomic balances that reflect both policy efforts and the strong inflows under the Citizenship-By-Investment programme,” said the IMF pointing out that “this is the first time that a payment of this magnitude has been repaid early to the Fund by a Caribbean nation.”

The IMF said the early repayment will reduce the outstanding obligations of St. Kitts and Nevis to the IMF to SDR 36.3 million (about US$56 million) or about 408 percent of quota and reduce its debt to GDP ratio by about 2 percent of GDP.

“This outstanding balance is projected to be repaid during 2014-2018,” the IMF said.

The IMF said the early repayment is about one fourth (23.4 percent) of the SDR 47.4 million (about US$73.1 million) that St. Kitts and Nevis borrowed from the IMF under its Stand-By Arrangement.

St. Kitts and Nevis borrowed less than the total amount approved under the three-year arrangement, equivalent to SDR 52.5 million (about US$84 million), as the authorities began to treat the arrangement as precautionary in March 2014, during the combined seventh and eighth review.

The amounts repaid early are obligations falling due in 2014 and 2015 under the original repayment schedule.

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