Pakistan, IMF to hold talks today


ISLAMABAD : Pakistan will hold talks with the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) mission today (Thursday).

The IMF mission headed by Herald Finger will arrive in Islamabad shortly for talks with the new government.

Sources said the Pakistani team will include the finance secretary, governor State Bank of Pakistan and secretary for economic affairs.

“IMF’s mission will be in Pakistan for one week,” sources in the Ministry of Finance added.

“During the talks, Pakistan’s economic challenges will be discussed,” the sources added.

The IMF mission is also expected to hold talks with officials of the ministries of finance, trade, petroleum, investment and power.

They will also meet officials of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), sources said.

Regarding the IMF mission’s visit, Finance Minister Asad Umar during an interview last week said, “We are in discussion with them, but this is not to negotiate for a loan. Our purpose is to do our homework, in case we want to approach them at some stage.”

Umar also dispelled the notion that Pakistan is facing a financial emergency and said that there is no need to rush to the IMF for a bailout.

“Pakistan is not in an emergency situation that requires it to rush to the IMF to seek a bailout,” the finance minister said during an interview with Arab News.

“We have neither stopped imports nor imposed financial sanctions,” he continued.

However, the finance minister emphasised, “We need to take well-measured decisions. As a situation emerges, we take steps to manage it. We don’t want to take decisions in emergency.”



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