S&P lowers Pakistan’s credit rating to ‘B-‘ from ‘B’; maintains stable outlook due to sufficient funding

Standard & Poor (S&P) Global Ratings said on Monday it lowered Pakistan’s sovereign credit rating to ‘B-‘ from ‘B’, citing diminished growth prospects, as well as elevated external and fiscal stresses.

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S&P maintained Pakistan’s rating outlook at ‘stable’.

The credit rating agency stated that its stable outlook for Pakistan reflected its expectation that Pakistan will secure sufficient funding to meet its external financing requirements over the next twelve months.

S&P said it lowered Pakistan’s ranking as the country’s economic outlook as well as its external position deteriorated.

Prospects for a rapid recovery in fiscal and external settings are now diminished and modest growth prospects and limited reserve buffers will continue to challenge, the credit rating agency said.

Reuters

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