JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -The International Monetary Fund said on Friday that it had reached a staff-level agreement with Malawi for up to $88.3 million in emergency financing, as the southern African country struggles with acute forex shortages.
Reuters reported earlier this week that Malawi, which has been experiencing chaotic queues at fuel stations that are running dry due to a lack of foreign currency to make payments, was set to be the first African country to receive special IMF financing to deal with the global inflation crisis.
The IMF said the money would help Malawi address urgent balance of payments needs, and support economic adjustment and structural reforms.
Ukraine received $1.3 billion under the same new programme, known as the “Food Shock Window”, earlier this month.
“Malawi’s request will be discussed by the IMF’s Executive Board as soon as possible,” the Fund said, adding that Malawi needed to have started a credible debt restructuring process prior to the board’s consideration.
(Writing by Anait Miridzhanian;Editing by Alexander Winning and Aurora Ellis)