Dar seeks support from Bank of China to expand bilateral business ties

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP):Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar Tuesday sought the support of Bank of China and asked the Bank’s President for expansion of business relations with Pakistan to deepen the economic and financial relations.

In a virtual meeting with President Bank of China Liu Jin, the minister shared that it has always been great pleasure to work with Bank of China and Pakistan has enjoyed sound financial dealings with the bank.

The Finance Minister also highlighted the recent visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to China and talked about reciprocation of warm sentiments from Chinese leadership.

SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Tariq Mehmood Pasha, Special Secretary Finance and other senior officers from Finance Division attended the meeting.

The Finance Minister, while talking about the long standing and durable relationships between government of China and Government of Pakistan, shared gratitude to President, Bank of China for continuous support to Pakistan in testing times.

It was shared that Bank of China has played a crucial role in extending budgetary support to Pakistan which has played a significant role in easing pressure on the external account and meeting budgetary needs.

The Finance Minister extended invitation to President Bank of China to visit Pakistan. He briefed the President Bank of China about the financial and fiscal conditions inherited by the present government and shared that present government has strong resolution to bring back the macroeconomic stability.

The President Bank of China also highlighted the historical and bilateral ties between both countries and appreciated the Government of Pakistan for taking the necessary measures for easing the lives of masses in the country. He also acknowledged the contribution of Pakistan in supporting China during hard times.

He also commended the ongoing facilitation being provided by the government of Pakistan on various Chinese projects under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Finance Minister thanked the President Bank of China for continuous support and assured him of same support by the present government in deepening the economic, trade and investment cooperation.

In another meeting with a delegation of institutional investors here, the minister said Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Tuesday asserted that present government aims at successfully completing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program and it would also repay the international bonds on time.

He further asserted that present government is committed to honor all of the financial commitments made by the present as well previous government with national and international financial institutions.

The delegation discussed about the economic situation and outlook of the country. The delegation held a comprehensive discussion with the Finance Minister regarding International Monetary Fund (IMF) program, flood related expenditure and losses, market perception and outlook, as well as external account situation.

The Finance Minister welcomed the delegation and assured the delegation that the present government has taken all pragmatic measures to facilitate the business environment in Pakistan. He shared that Pakistan is slowly but gradually moving towards economic stability and it is high time to invest in Pakistan.

It was shared that reconstruction and rehabilitation phase will start in the coming months. The Finance Minister appreciated the friendly countries for their flood relief support.

The delegation comprised of Managing Director Khurram Sheikh and Alia Moubayed from Jefferies, Mahmood Ali Shah Bukhari – CEO K-trade, Vice President Luis Assad Simon Tamborrel from Goldman Sachs Asset Maangement, Co-Chief Investment Officer James Edmon Craige from Stone Harbor Investment Partners, Portfolio Manager Carl Vermassen from Vontobel Asset Management.

While SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Tariq Pasha, Special Secretary Finance and other senior officers from Finance Division also attended the meeting.