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Pakistan’s Finance Minister Outlines Key Economic Reforms and Collaborations

Islamabad, In a series of high-profile meetings in Washington D.C., Pakistan’s Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb has articulated the government’s strategic economic priorities, which include broadening the tax base, overhauling the energy sector, and reforming state-owned enterprises (SOEs). These discussions took place against the backdrop of ongoing negotiations for an expanded program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, during his meeting with Jin Liqun, President of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Minister Aurangzeb highlighted these priorities as foundational to stabilizing and advancing Pakistan’s economy. He briefed Liqun on Pakistan’s recent economic indicators, which show positive trends such as improved foreign exchange reserves, a stable currency, declining inflation rates, and a robust stock market performance.

Minister Aurangzeb also reassured the AIIB President of Pakistan’s determination to enhance infrastructure development through continued collaboration with AIIB. In another significant meeting with Makhtar Diop, Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Minister expressed gratitude for IFC’s support in the outsourcing of Islamabad’s airport operations—a project set to extend to Lahore and Karachi.

Furthermore, he discussed the potential shift of Pakistan’s Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) to a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model with IFC’s support, aiming to leverage private sector efficiency for public projects.

In a meeting with Brent Neiman, the Deputy Under Secretary for International Finance at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Aurangzeb presented an overview of Pakistan’s economic situation following the Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the IMF, underscoring the positive economic outcomes and ongoing reforms.

These discussions reflect Pakistan’s proactive approach to addressing economic challenges and its commitment to leveraging international partnerships to ensure sustainable development and economic stability.

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