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IMF acknowledges continued improvement in Pakistan economy

12:00 AM | 12 Mar, 2015
IMF acknowledges continued improvement in Pakistan economy
WASHINGTON (APP) - The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday noted continuing improvement in Pakistan's economy as a result of Islamabad's implementation of prudent policies and strong capital inflows.

"Pakistan's economy is improving, helped by prudent monetary and fiscal policies, strong capital inflows, robust remittances, and lower international oil prices," Masood Ahmed, Director of the Fund's Middle East and Central Asia Department said in a statement upon conclusion of his visit to Islamabad and Lahore from March 6-9.

Ahmed, who met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Ashraf Wathra, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and members of parliament, academics, and the business community during his visit, appreciated that Islamabad has "made progress with consolidating macroeconomic stability, strengthening public finances, and re-building foreign exchange buffers."

As a result, immediate crisis risks have greatly receded, economic growth is gaining strength, inflation is declining, and macroeconomic vulnerabilities are gradually addressed.

"The current improved economic and financial situation presents a unique opportunity for Pakistan to reinforce and build on recent stability gains to work towards achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
This will require further bolstering government revenues through broadening the tax base and improving compliance in order to generate the resources that will allow for further reducing public debt while increasing spending in priority areas such as public investment, health and education."

Ahmed said also noted the importance of a further build-up of international reserves, which will strengthen Pakistan's financial resilience while supporting exports.

"The IMF remains fully committed to supporting the authorities' efforts through financing, policy advice and technical assistance, including through the ongoing Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement.

Firm implementation of the authorities' reform agenda will be crucial to overcome the economic imbalances, build investor confidence, and move the country on a higher growth path, and we are looking forward to a successful conclusion of the EFF arrangement."


The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 21 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 21, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.7 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro moved up to 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.80
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739 747.8
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.53 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.65 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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