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Sunday Feb 10 2019

PM Imran says ‘convergence of views’ on reforms with IMF

The premier met IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai. Photo: File

DUBAI: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday that in his meeting with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde there was a convergence of views on the need to implement structural reforms in the country.

The premier met Lagarde on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai.

PM Khan said the reforms will implemented to put the country on the path of sustainable development in which the most vulnerable segments of society are protected.



A joint declaration issued by the Lagarde after the meeting said: “I had a good and constructive meeting with Prime Minister Khan, during which we discussed recent economic developments and prospects for Pakistan in the context of ongoing discussions toward an IMF-supported program.

“I reiterated that the IMF stands ready to support Pakistan. I also highlighted that decisive policies and a strong package of economic reforms would enable Pakistan to restore the resilience of its economy and lay the foundations for stronger and more inclusive growth. As emphasized in the new government’s policy agenda, protecting the poor and strengthening governance are key priorities to improve people’s living standards in a sustainable manner.”

Agreed with IMF on basic points: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that an agreement has been reached with the IMF and the technical details will emerge soon.

On the PM’s meeting with the head of the global monetary, the foreign minister said that the meeting remained fruitful.

“Our streak of thought resonated well with the IMF and soon we will formulate a programme,” he said.

The foreign minister said that the programme will be aimed at alleviating the plight of the middle class.