Pakistan-IMF discussion commences to review $6 bn program

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

03rd Feb, 2020. 06:59 pm
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission has commenced discussion with the government authorities to review Pakistan’s performance under its US $6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

According to the details, the IMF team will review performance of various ministries and departments besides reviewing the energy and tax reforms during its stay in Pakistan.

under the 39 month IMF extended fund facility, Pakistan has already received $1.44 billion in two installments.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh told this to media persons outside his office.

He said that inflation rate in the country would start receding soon which would gradually come down to comfortable level.

He said in collaboration with the IMF, the government had doubled the funding of Ehsaas programme besides providing a Rs 7 billion package for Utility Stores Corporation to provide daily use items to the poor segment of the society on subsidized rates.

The advisor said the federal government had taken a number of initiatives to bring down prices of various commodities.

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“The nation will see that soon the prices start falling down”, he added.

Hafeez Shaikh said in order to control inflation, the government did not borrow money from State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) besides minimizing budget deficit by reducing unnecessary expenditures.

The team would continue talks with the Pakistan government economic team until February 14 and successful quarterly review would lead to release of third tranche of $450 million next month.

Proposing the provinces to play their role in controlling inflation, he said that hoarding and profiteering issues must be resolved through administrative measures.

To a question, he said that the prices of food items that of fresh vegetables increased due to seasonal changes and hoped that the prices would come down in days to come.
He said decision of importing wheat was also taken in a bid to control inflation.

He said due to prudent measures taken by the government, the rupee-dollar parity had become stable now.

The adviser said that due to stability and peace in the country, investors from across the world were coming to Pakistan and wanted to avail huge opportunities offered by the country.

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