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Pakistan’s Finance Minister Discusses Economic Situation and IMF Program with US Diplomat

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Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with Andrew Schofer, Charge’d Affaires of the Embassy of the United States, to discuss the economic situation in Pakistan and the country’s ongoing International Monetary Fund (IMF) program. According to a statement by the Finance Division on Wednesday, Dar informed the US envoy that the government is committed to finishing the IMF program, which is critical for the South Asian economy. The IMF funding is essential for Pakistan to access other external financing avenues, and negotiations to resume funding have been ongoing since early February, as the country faces a barrage of economic problems, including low foreign exchange reserves and perceived default risk.

During the meeting, the finance minister discussed Pakistan’s economy and the challenges the country is facing. He also informed the US diplomat about the difficult policy decisions recently taken by the government to stabilize the economy and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth. The US diplomat expressed confidence in the policies and programs of the government for economic stability and extended support to advance economic and trade relations between both countries.

The Pakistani finance minister reiterated the government’s desire to further expand bilateral trade and investment ties with the United States. The IMF program is critical for Pakistan’s economic stability, and the government is taking difficult policy decisions to stabilize the economy and ensure sustainable growth. The government’s commitment to completing the program is a positive sign for the country’s economic future.

Pakistan’s low foreign exchange reserves are a significant concern, as they are currently at $4.46 billion, barely enough for a month of essential imports. The IMF funding is critical to unlocking other external financing avenues, and negotiations to resume funding have been ongoing since early February. The Pakistani government’s commitment to completing the program is crucial to ensuring the country’s economic stability and unlocking other external financing avenues.

The meeting between Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Andrew Schofer, Charge’d Affaires of the Embassy of the United States, highlights the government’s commitment to completing the IMF program and stabilizing the country’s economy. The meeting is also an opportunity to further expand bilateral trade and investment ties between both countries.

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