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Executive Summary Lower-than-expected demand over the recent past has raised the lending capacity of the PRGT for the years 2012-14. Staffs latest projections suggest PRGT demand in 2011 could be about SDR 1.4 billion, up from SDR 1.2 billion in 2010. Assuming the 2009 LIC financing package is completed, these projections would be consistent with lending capacity of about SDR 2.1 billion per year from 2012-14, or SDR 1.5 billion per year through 2015. Most of the targeted loan resources under the 2009 package have now been secured, but additional pledges

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Effective November 12, 2012, the Fund, as Trustee of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), entered into a borrowing agreement (the “Agreement”) with the National Bank of Belgium, by which Belgium will provide new loan resources of up to SDR 350 million (see attachment). With this Agreement, the Fund has concluded fourteen new borrowing agreements providing total resources of SDR 9,811 million in the context of fundraising under the 2009 Low-Income Countries (LICs) financing package.
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I. Introduction 1. Effective November 12, 2012, the Fund, as Trustee of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), entered into a borrowing agreement (the “Agreement”) with the National Bank of Belgium, by which Belgium will provide new loan resources of up to SDR 350 million (see attachment). With this Agreement, the Fund has concluded fourteen new borrowing agreements providing total resources of SDR 9,811 million in the context of fundraising under the 2009 Low-Income Countries (LICs) financing package. 1 2. Pursuant to Section III, Paragraph 2 of

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Significant progress has been made towards meeting the fund-raising targets for the PRGT, but additional resources will be needed to complete the 2009 LIC financing package. So far, fourteen members have pledged about SDR 9.8 billion in new loan resources, compared to the target of SDR 10.8 billion (including provision for a liquidity buffer to facilitate encashment). New borrowing agreements totaling SDR 7.7 billion have been signed with ten lenders. Six of these agreements provide loan resources in SDRs, and five creditors also participated in the voluntary encashment regime.
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be made from the General Subsidy Account for subsidizing ENDA/EPCA credit on an “as needed” basis. 4. The LIC financing package approved in July 2009 remains appropriate. The package aims to boost the Fund’s concessional lending capacity to SDR 11.3 billion during the period 2009-14. It is an essential element of the 2009 LIC reforms, and requires the mobilization of new loan resources of SDR 10.8 billion to meet projected demand (including a liquidity buffer to enable a voluntary encashment regime). The financing package also includes new subsidy resources

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Front Matter Page UPDATE ON THE FINANCING OF THE FUND’S CONCESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND DEBT RELIEF TO LOW-INCOME MEMBER COUNTRIES April 3, 2013 Executive Summary New commitments under PRGT-supported programs increased to SDR 1.5 billion in 2012, higher than annual commitments of SDR 1.2 billion in 2010 and 2011 . Excluding Bangladesh, however, new commitments in 2012 amounted to about SDR 0.9 billion. New commitments are projected to be about SDR 1 billion in both 2013 and 2014. An important element of the 2009 LIC financing package linked to the

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PRGT lending. 5. The LIC financing package, approved in July 2009 as part of the LIC reforms, has been critical in supporting higher PRGT lending during the crisis . 3 During 2008–12, average annual lending commitments were about SDR 1.4 billion, peaking in 2009 at SDR 2.5 billion with 18 new arrangements. Average commitments during this period were significantly higher than the average PRGT commitments of SDR 0.9 billion during 1988–2007. 6. In September 2012 the Executive Board approved a distribution of the Fund’s general reserves (SDR 1.75 billion

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New commitments under PRGT-supported programs are expected to increase to about SDR 2 billion in 2012, in part reflecting the large ECF commitment (SDR 0.6 billion) for Bangladesh approved in April. Commitments in the first eight months of 2012 amounted to SDR 1.4 billion and a further SDR 0.6 billion is expected to be committed by year end. This compares to total commitments of SDR 1.2 billion in each of 2010 and 2011. If all elements of the 2009 financing package are secured, the PRGT will have an annual average lending capacity of SDR 2.2 billion remaining under this package for the period 2013–14. Additional
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Lower-than-expected demand over the recent past has raised the lending capacity of the PRGT for the years 2012–14. Staff’s latest projections suggest PRGT demand in 2011 could be about SDR 1.4 billion, up from SDR 1.2 billion in 2010. Assuming the 2009 LIC financing package is completed, these projections would be consistent with lending capacity of about SDR 2.1 billion per year from 2012–14, or SDR 1.5 billion per year through 2015. Most of the targeted loan resources under the 2009 package have now been secured, but additional pledges of about SDR 1 billion in loans are still needed. Fourteen members have pledged SDR 9.8 billion in new loan resources for the PRGT, compared to the target of SDR 10.8 billion. New borrowing agreements totaling SDR 9.5 billion have been signed with thirteen lenders. Eight of these agreements provide loan resources in SDRs, and seven creditors also participate in the voluntary encashment regime.
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In December 2010, the Fund concluded the limited gold sale (403 metric tons) approved by the Board in September 2009. The main purpose of the sale was to generate profits to fund an endowment that would diversify the Fund’s income sources away from lending income. In addition, the Board agreed in July 2009, before approving the sale, to a strategy pursuant to which resources linked to the gold sale would contribute to boosting the Fund’s concessional lending capacity. Total profits from the gold sale were SDR 6.85 billion. The profits significantly exceeded those assumed in April 2008 when agreement was reached on the key features of the new income model, and in July 2009 at the time of the discussions on a financing package to support reform of the Fund’s concessional lending activities. This reflects the substantial increase in the market price of gold throughout the period of the gold sales. With the gold sale complete, it is timely for the Board to revisit the issues relating to the use of the profits. This paper seeks to provide a basis for initial Board consideration of this topic. It focuses primarily on the options for use of the windfall profits above a price of US$935 per ounce, which was the average price required to generate resources for the endowment at the assumed gold price underlying the new income model and to implement the agreed strategy to provide SDR 0.5–0.6 billion in resources linked to gold sales as part of the 2009 concessional financing package.