Saturday Oct 16, 2021
Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin Saturday said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will validate data and statistics on power, gas tariffs and tax collection.
The minister was addressing a seminar at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington where he shared details of his meeting with the IMF director.
"We are here to finalise our matters with the IMF," he said. "We have told the IMF to validate the data we have shared with them."
The minister said that Pakistan has reached an agreement with Independent Power Producers (IPPs), the details of which will be announced in a couple of days.
Tarin said the government had achieved its growth targets in various sectors, adding that it had provided relevant details to the IMF. Tarin said his meeting with IMF Director Kristalina Georgieva was a cordial and "very positive" one.
The finance minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government was focused on bringing about economic reforms in the government. "Pakistan has undertaken sincere efforts to being about economic reforms," he said. "The IMF director appreciated Pakistan's progress in implementing its programme".
Speaking about his US tour, Tarin said he held meetings with the president of the World Bank, the US-Pakistan Business Council and also attended a meeting at the US Institute of Peace.
"We held meetings on Afghanistan," he said. "I met my Turkish counterpart and discussed bilateral cooperation in the agriculture, construction and tourism sectors with him," he added.
The finance minister said Pakistan will provide targeted subsidies to 40% of the population, adding that the government has compiled a database according to which it knows the income of each household.
"We will provide subsidies on wheat, sugar and pulses," he said.
He spoke about the current account deficit, saying that it will remain stable. "The current account deficit will not surge like it did in the past," he said, adding that it will decrease gradually if the exchange rate is adjusted.
Tarin said the government had kept a market-based exchange rate.
The finance minister, whose tenure ends today, revealed that he would be elected as senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said he has been appointed as an adviser.
The government has been unable to elect Shaukat Tarin as a Member of the Parliament within the stipulated time-frame of six months, which is going to expire today (Saturday). Now there is no other option but to appoint Tarin as Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue.