Pakistan's economy is out of danger, says IMF chief

Published: October 24, 2016
IMF chief Christine Lagarde. PHOTO: AFP

IMF chief Christine Lagarde. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde congratulated on Monday Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan’s successful completion of the IMF programme, saying the accomplishment reflected positively on the country.

“It is a fantastic step in your journey that you have achieved a better and solid economic position in a brief period of two years,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office quoted the IMF managing director as saying.

Lagarde, who is on her first visit to Pakistan lauded PM Nawaz for steering the country out of multiple challenges and achieving macroeconomic stability. “Pakistan is now in a better fiscal position and certainly out of economic crisis,” she said, according to the statement.

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The IMF head said Pakistan’s economic growth had gradually increased and fiscal deficit reduced, whereas inflation had continuously declined. “She also appreciated the country’s strengthened social safety nets, tax policy and administration reforms,” communiqué claimed.

The prime minister appreciated IMF’s assistance for the country’s economic recovery and macro-economic stability, saying the government had achieved economic stability by pursuing a comprehensive reforms agenda.

“We are successfully delivering on the major challenges of terrorism, economy and power shortages that we inherited from the previous governments,” the prime minister said, claiming that the tireless efforts of his economic team had turned around the country’s economy in a short span of three years.

“We have dismantled the terrorists’ networks and still 200,000 troops are deployed in the north to completely eliminate terrorism,” he said.

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On relations with Afghanistan, the PM emphasised Pakistan was sincere in helping bring stability to Afghanistan. “Peace and stability in Afghanistan would ensure peace in Pakistan and the region as well,” the PM added.

The prime minister said better border management with Afghanistan was also proactively pursued by Pakistan to safeguard the porous border. He said the government’s ongoing endeavours included addressing energy shortfall at the earliest and improving the country’s infrastructure and communication networks.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • M.S.
    Oct 24, 2016 - 5:48PM

    Slap on the faces of anarchists and dark forces. Recommend

  • Ozair
    Oct 24, 2016 - 5:57PM

    I bet she didnt even say half of these things. its just a press release from the PM house.
    Moreover, just last week IMF warned of impending economic crisis as govt failed to meet any major economic target this year.Recommend

  • Israr
    Oct 24, 2016 - 7:20PM

    I am also in a better economic condition but no one in my friends and family are willing to lend me any more money. Maybe I also need to look towards China.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Oct 24, 2016 - 7:25PM

    APP wrote this piece.Recommend

  • Truth
    Oct 24, 2016 - 7:29PM

    I am sure she would have said thank you for taking all the loans from us and mortgaging the whole country.Recommend

  • whatever
    Oct 24, 2016 - 9:34PM

    Imports are increasing, exports are falling and the only source of income is borrowing and even that money are used on useless world tours, bombs and bullets, then if someone say your FM is best FM and your economy is flying high….Recommend

  • Man
    Oct 24, 2016 - 11:16PM

    She doesnt seem to have made any such statement! Seems like NS patting his own back like his FM! On the contrary, she is more worried about Pak economy, Recommend

  • Humza
    Oct 25, 2016 - 5:50AM

    @Man: Why don’t you read what the woman herself has been saying and writing. She is positive on Pakistan’s prospects and the economic transformation. She is not controlled by Nawaz Sharif at all but voicing her opinion but you can disagree with her. Here is the link:

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Oct 25, 2016 - 7:33AM

    The government that banks on certificates of imperialist instruments should be packed out…

    Learn to live gracefully and honourably. Recommend

  • Ozair
    Oct 25, 2016 - 9:14AM

    like i said. Here is the real statement “Corruption perception hurting Pakistan”.
    The PM house statement is just another propaganda aimed at misleading naive nationRecommend

  • ahmed
    Oct 25, 2016 - 10:55AM

    This is just press release from PM house and it clearly contradicts many other reports such as WEF ( World Economic Forum) report. The WEF report clearly proves the point that the reason why Pakistan is in the bottom 16 in the world is because its institutions are ranked the lowest in the world Recommend

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