Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif engaged in a telephonic conversation with Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Tuesday.
During the discussion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his optimistic outlook, anticipating that a decision regarding the bailout programme would be reached within the next day or two.
In an official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), it was highlighted that the premier and IMF MD delved into various matters pertaining to the IMF programme. The statement further indicated that the efforts of the finance minister and his team were duly acknowledged by the IMF MD.
The statement continued to convey the Prime Minister’s expectation that the coordination efforts on finer details would culminate in an IMF decision in the coming days. Additionally, Shehbaz reiterated his commitment to achieving the shared goal of improving the economic situation through collaborative endeavors.
Last week, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with Georgieva during the Summit for a New Global Financial Pact in Paris, wherein he provided a comprehensive briefing on Pakistan’s economic outlook. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the critical funds would be disbursed as a result.
Pakistan is currently engaged in a race against time to revive its halted bailout programme, which is set to conclude on June 30. Experts emphasise the significance of resuming the IMF bailout, which has been at a standstill since November of the previous year.
The cash-strapped South Asian economy is grappling with a balance of payment crisis, making the expected funding of $1.1 billion from the international lender crucial. This funding would also pave the way for additional inflows from Pakistan’s multilateral and bilateral partners, effectively reducing the risks associated with a potential default, as per expert opinion.