The International Monetary Fund has approved a $17.1 billion loan to Romania to cushion the effects of the sharp drop in capital inflows caused by the global financial crisis.

The two-year loan is part of a larger $26.4 billion package to which the European Union, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are contributing, among others.

The IMF says $6.6 billion of its loan will be immediately available, and the rest will be paid in quarterly installments subject to the IMF's review of Romania's economy.

The IMF commended Romania on Monday for developing a comprehensive program to rebalance its own economy.