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IMF to disburse $410 million in aid to Kenya

Washington, United States | May 18, 2021, Tuesday @ 09:01 in World » AFRICA | By: AFP | Views: 2745
IMF to disburse $410 million in aid to Kenya

Fish vendors buy silver cyprinid (aka omena in native language) from fishermen before selling them near Koguna beach in Mbita, Homabay county, in Western Kenya on February 22, 2021. (SIMON MAINA / AFP)

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(AFP) - The IMF said Monday it had reached an agreement to move forward on the disbursement of $410 million to Kenya as part of an aid package approved in April.

The payment must first be approved by the Board of Governors, which is set to meet in the coming weeks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a statement.

The IMF approved a $2.34 billion aid package for Kenya in April, to be disbursed over 38 months, under the Extended Credit Facility and the Extended Fund Facility, the first review of which took place over the last several weeks.

About $307.5 million was immediately dispensed for budget support.

"Economic recovery is under way and the easing of the Covid-19 third wave in Kenya suggests activity should continue picking up, but the environment for policy making remains subject to uncertainty," the IMF's statement said.

The statement also hailed Kenyan authorities' efforts to increase transparency and fight corruption.

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