WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its report after having intensive discussions with Pakistan government.
IMF said – in his report – Pakistan is facing significant economic challenges, with declining growth, high fiscal and current account deficits and low levels of international reserves.
The report stated that Islamabad has recently taken some policy measures, but said those were not sufficient and decisive policy action and significant external financing were needed to stabilise the economy.
The IMF team called for a further hike in gas and power tariffs. “Policies should include more exchange rate flexibility and monetary policy tightening, further fiscal adjustment anchored in a medium-term consolidation strategy, and strengthening the performance of key public enterprises together with further increases in gas and power tariffs.”
In its report, the team said that priority areas include modernising the tax system and public financial management, strengthening fiscal federalism arrangements, improving governance and eliminating losses of public enterprises, enhancing the SBP’s autonomy, intensifying AML/CFT efforts, improving the business climate and anti-corruption efforts, and fostering the economic inclusion of the poor, youth, and women.
It added that once stabilisation is beginning to take hold, the focus should increasingly shift to reforms to foster sustained and inclusive growth and strengthen key institutions.