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Malaysia’s official reserve assets amount to US$112.8 billion
Published on: Friday, May 31, 2024
By: Bernama
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Malaysia’s official reserve assets amount to US$112.8 billion
Projected foreign currency inflows amount to US$2.39 billion in the next 12 months, says Bank Negara Malaysia.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s official reserve assets amounted to US$112.79 billion (RM530.86 billion) as of end-April 2024, while other foreign currency assets stood at US$403.7 million (RM1.9 billion), said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM).

The central bank said the detailed breakdown of international reserves provides forward-looking information on the size, composition, and usability of reserves as well as other foreign currency assets in accordance with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) special data dissemination standard (SDDS) format.

“It also provides guidance on the expected and potential future inflows and outflows of foreign exchange of the federal government and BNM over the next 12-month period.

“Overall, the detailed breakdown of international reserves under the IMF SDDS format indicates that as of end-April 2024, Malaysia’s international reserves remain usable,” it said in a statement.

BNM said for the next 12 months, the predetermined short-term outflows of foreign currency loans, securities, and deposits, which include among others, scheduled repayment of external borrowings by the government and the maturity of foreign currency Bank Negara Interbank Bills, amounted to US$15.35 billion (RM72.24 billion).

“The net short forward positions amounted to US$27.69 billion (RM130.32 billion) as of end-April 2024, reflecting the management of ringgit liquidity in the money market,” it added.

In line with the practice adopted since April 2006, BNM said the data excludes projected foreign currency inflows arising from interest income and the drawdown of project loans.

“Projected foreign currency inflows amount to US$2.39 billion (RM11.24 billion) in the next 12 months,” it said.

BNM said the only contingent short-term net drain on foreign currency assets is government guarantees of foreign currency debt due within one year, amounting to US$400.8 million (RM1.8865 billion).

“There are no foreign currency loans with embedded options, no undrawn, unconditional credit lines provided by or to other central banks, international organisations, banks, and other financial institutions.

“BNM also does not engage in foreign currency options vis-à-vis the ringgit,” it said.

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