AIRLINK 77.50 Decreased By ▼ -1.11 (-1.41%)
BOP 4.65 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
CNERGY 4.04 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.25%)
DFML 36.98 Increased By ▲ 0.50 (1.37%)
DGKC 89.20 Increased By ▲ 0.95 (1.08%)
FCCL 22.60 Increased By ▲ 0.31 (1.39%)
FFBL 30.15 Increased By ▲ 0.14 (0.47%)
FFL 9.18 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
GGL 9.90 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.2%)
HASCOL 6.13 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.33%)
HBL 105.00 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
HUBC 141.00 Increased By ▲ 3.50 (2.55%)
HUMNL 10.65 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-0.93%)
KEL 4.77 Increased By ▲ 0.13 (2.8%)
KOSM 3.98 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.5%)
MLCF 37.65 Increased By ▲ 0.52 (1.4%)
OGDC 122.00 Increased By ▲ 2.81 (2.36%)
PAEL 24.22 Increased By ▲ 0.24 (1%)
PIBTL 6.11 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (0.66%)
PPL 116.80 Increased By ▲ 2.75 (2.41%)
PRL 23.32 Increased By ▲ 0.15 (0.65%)
PTC 12.20 Increased By ▲ 0.30 (2.52%)
SEARL 59.10 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.08%)
SNGP 62.50 Increased By ▲ 0.52 (0.84%)
SSGC 9.76 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (1.14%)
TELE 7.69 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.26%)
TPLP 9.59 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (1.16%)
TRG 63.30 Decreased By ▼ -0.42 (-0.66%)
UNITY 26.85 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.19%)
WTL 1.34 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (3.08%)
BR100 7,578 No Change 0 (0%)
BR30 24,218 No Change 0 (0%)
KSE100 73,417 Increased By 619.7 (0.85%)
KSE30 23,469 Increased By 255.3 (1.1%)
Pakistan

IMF says Pakistan talks ongoing, further discussion needed on structural reforms

  • IMF spokesman Gerry Rice declines to say if disbursements under $6 billion financing program had been halted
Published June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is holding open, constructive discussions with Pakistan as part of a sixth review of the country's 39-month, $6 billion financing program that began in 2019, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday.

Rice declined to say if disbursements under that program had been halted, but said further discussions were needed about Pakistan's fiscal spending plans, structural reforms, particularly in the tax and energy sectors, and social spending.

IMF staff were unable to complete the talks during a recent mission, but the global lender remained "fully engaged" and aimed to resume the discussions in the period ahead, Rice told a regular IMF briefing.

Pakistan: IMF projects 1.5pc growth for 2021

"We stand ready to continue to support Pakistan," he said. "As the recovery gains strength, it will be important to accelerate the implementation of policies and reforms needed to address some of the long-standing challenges facing the Pakistani economy."

Pakistan this month set a target of 4.8% growth in gross domestic product for the 2021-22 financial year and a fiscal deficit target of 6.3%.

Pakistan targets 4.8% GDP growth in upcoming fiscal year

The country, which borders India, Afghanistan and Iran, surpassed growth projections in the 2020-21 financial year despite a third wave of COVID-19 infections, reaching GDP growth of 3.96%, after a 0.47% contraction in 2019-20.

Comments

Comments are closed.