Dar reviews progress on economic reforms

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ISLAMABAD, Mar 27 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting here on Monday which reviewed the economic
indicators as well as progress on various economic reforms.
The meeting was held in the context of Article IV consultations between the Government of Pakistan and International Monetary Fund (IMF)
scheduled to commence in Dubai on 28 March 28, 2017.
The Finance Minister will join the Pakistan delegation later to participate in the final stage of the consultations, says a press release.
The Finance Secretary briefed the meeting regarding the preparations
for the week long consultations. He also provided an update on measures undertaken for strengthening the reforms process.
The Finance Minister expressed the hope that the two sides would have
a constructive round of discussions as had been the case during the preceding quarterly review meetings.
He urged that the progress Pakistan has achieved in the sphere of
economic reforms should be fully projected during the consultations.
He said that the reforms have enabled the country to achieve macro-
economic stability, and the implementation of key structural reforms needs to be continued in order to foster higher, more inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
It may be recalled that IMF Executive Board completed the 12th and
final review of an Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme for Pakistan last September which led to the disbursement of the final tranche.
IMF’s close engagement with Pakistan is continuing through policy
dialogue in the context of regular consultations and post-programme monitoring.
During the consultations in Dubai, a detailed review of reforms carried out by Pakistan in different areas of the economy, particularly the energy sector, would be undertaken.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Aviation Division, Federal Board of Revenue and the Privatization Commission.