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Pakistan, IMF hold review talks in Dubai

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ISLAMABAD: The 11th round of talks between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has began in Dubai yesterday in connection with the $6.5 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

The current phase of talks with IMF would mostly focus to finalize Pakistan’s federal and provincial budgets for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Finance Secretary Waqar Masood Khan is leading the delegation, in Dubai for five-day technical level talks with the IMF mission.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who is currently attending the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting in Frankfurt, will join the policy-level dialogue with the Fund next weekend to address the outstanding issues.

The government government would discuss its budget strategy paper for 2016-17 with the fund.

The government mostly at ease with most of the benchmarks and performance indicators, except for the setback to the privatisation agenda that has been a major concern for the IMF.

The govt also needs to collect Rs 760bn revenue in the final two months of the fiscal year 2015-16 to achieve the revenue collection target.

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