Global Financial institutions, businesses apprised about state of economy, reform process

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ISLAMABAD, Oct 19 (APP):Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and his delegation, currently visiting Washington DC, have apprised heads of various global financial institutions and business leaders about the overall state of Pakistan economy.

Hafeez Shaikh and his team, who are in Washington DC to attend the annual meetings of IMF/WB-2019, held a series of meeting with these heads and business leaders and informed them about the measures taken by the government to to curtail the twin deficits and revive various sectors of economy through institutional reforms and collaborations with regional and international investment partners.

The Pakistan delegation which also included President State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Reza Baqir and Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch held an extensive meeting with President, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao to exchange views on the ongoing projects sponsored by ADB in Pakistan as well as planned portfolio, according to Press statement issued by Ministry of Finance early Saturday.

The Adviser apprised President ADB about the steps taken by the government for curtailing the current and capital account deficits effectively.

In his remarks, President ADB Nakao said that ADB was an important financial partner of Pakistan and acknowledged the current structural reforms undertaken by the government for economic stabilization.

Shaikh also met with Hartwig Schafer, Vice President South Asian Region (SAR), World Bank and his team, the statement said adding that the meeting reviewed bank’s portfolio in Pakistan and exchanged views on further steps to strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and the Bank.

Later, Adviser Dr. Shaikh and Pakistani delegation met with Jihad Azour, Director Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD) at the International Monetary Fund.

They discussed the implementation of the ongoing IMF program while on the occasion the IMF Director appreciated the progress made towards economic stabilization as well as government commitment to the reform process.

The members of the delegation also participated in the G-24 Ministers and Governors Meeting on the sidelines of the annual meetings of IMF/WB-2019.

Advisor Dr. Shaikh also attended informal meeting of the SAARC Finance Ministers that focused on trade facilitation within the SAARC region.

Adviser Dr. Hafeez Shaikh and Pakistan delegation also participated in the Standard Chartered Global Investors Forum in which Dr. Shaikh gave an overview of the economic situation in Pakistan and progress made with the implementation of the IMF program. He urged the participants to invest in Pakistan, the statement added.

Meanwhile, US-Pakistan Business Council had hosted a luncheon roundtable in honour of Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and members of Pakistan delegation at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Talking to the participants, Dr. Shaikh highlighted the government’s focus on improving the ease-of-doing-business and encouraged the US companies to expand their footprint in Pakistan.

He mentioned that the economy was on its path to stabilization and the US businesses should benefit from investment opportunities available in the country.

Sheikh also held a meeting with the IFC team led by Ms. Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President. Ms. Stoiljkovic briefed the Adviser Dr. Shaikh about IFC’s pipleline of projects in Pakistan particularly the wind and solar energy sectors and also expressed interest in providing advisory services for structuring public private partnership transactions.