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Masood Ahmed, director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, told Reuters substantial progress had been made in repairing Pakistan’s economy and that Islamabad was right to be saying is does not need another package. “I think that is a very sensible approach at this stage,” Ahmed said. “They have built up their reserves, they have halved their budget deficit, their growth rate is pretty much the highest of all the countries in the region broadly defined.”
“Therefore they have completed to a large measure the stabilization agenda that this programme was supporting.”
According to the news agency a total of $1.1 billion of the $6.7 billion package is due to be disbursed before the programme ends in September “The next phase (once the programme ends) is to continue with the reforms that they have on structural measures that will sustainably raise their growth rate and particularly raise their exports,” said Ahmed.— APP