IMF projects Pak economic growth at 2.4pc in FY2019-20

ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its declaration released on Friday (today) stated that Pakistan’s economic growth rate is projected at 2.4 per cent during the current financial year of 2019-20 and inflation is expected to decline in the coming months.
The delegation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Ernesto Ramirez Rigo concluded its visit to Pakistan during September 16-20. A declaration was released by the financial institution after its mission completed its visit to Pakistan after reviewing economic developments since the start of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF).
Ernesto Ramirez Rigo along with his delegation met top government officials during the visit and discussed progress in the implementation of economic policies.
Mr Rigo issued the statement at the conclusion of the staff visit, said, “While the authorities’ economic reform program is still in its early stages, there has been progress in some key areas. The transition to a market-determined exchange rate has started to deliver positive results on the external balance, exchange rate volatility has diminished, monetary policy is helping to control inflation, and the SBP has improved its foreign exchange buffers.”
“There has been a significant improvement in tax revenue collections, with taxes showing double-digit growth net of exporters refunds. Moreover, the FBR is undertaking significant steps to improve tax administration and its interface with taxpayers.”
“Staff and the authorities have analyzed the worse than expected fiscal results of FY2018/19, which were partially the result of one-off factors and should not jeopardize the ambitious fiscal targets for FY2019/20. Importantly, the social spending measures in the program have been implemented.”

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