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US Agrees To Help Pakistan Negotiate Bailout Deal With IMF: Report

Pakistan has repeatedly been looking for worldwide help to help its failing economic system. (Representational)

Islamabad:

The US has agreed to assist cash-strapped Pakistan negotiate a take care of the IMF for the revival of the nation’s financial bailout programme with the worldwide lender, a media report.

Pakistan and the IMF haven’t but been in a position to attain near a staff-level settlement for the revival of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), leaving Pakistani authorities in a good spot to bridge the hole and get the up to date federal finances for the fiscal yr 2022-23 handed by the National Assembly, the Dawn newspaper reported.

The US has agreed to assist Pakistan negotiate a take care of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the newspaper, quoting unnamed diplomatic sources, reported on Sunday.

Earlier, media experiences had claimed that Islamabad was “seeking Washington’s support” for renewing its EFF with the IMF.

As the biggest shareholder, the US has appreciable affect over the IMF’s decision-making.

On Saturday, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan met Assistant US Trade Representative (USTR) for South and Central Asia Christopher Wilson to debate increasing commerce relations between the 2 international locations and inspiring US investments in Pakistan, an announcement stated.

The workplace of the USTR is liable for creating and coordinating US worldwide commerce, commodity, and for steering funding coverage. It additionally oversees commerce negotiations with different international locations, the newspaper reported.

Pakistan signed a 39-month, USD 6 billion EFF in July 2019, however the IMF stopped the disbursement of about USD three billion when the earlier authorities reneged on its commitments, the report added.

Currently, Islamabad desires the IMF to not solely resume disbursements but additionally increase the dimensions and length of the programme, the report stated.

A prime finance ministry official confirmed on Sunday night time that they’d not but acquired the primary draft of the memorandum of financial and monetary insurance policies (MEFP) from the IMF as focused earlier as a result of sure issues remained unsettled.

“We are working very closely with the IMF and will soon reach some conclusion,” the official stated.

The authorities is aiming to safe the passage of the finances 2022-23 from the National Assembly on June 27-28, in line with the finance ministry.

Pakistan has repeatedly been looking for worldwide help to help its failing economic system.

In May, Saudi Arabia agreed to supply Pakistan with a “sizable package” of round USD eight billion to assist the cash-starved nation bolster dwindling foreign exchange reserves and revive its ailing economic system.

Pakistan secured the deal in the course of the go to of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia in April. The monetary bundle contains doubling of the oil financing facility, extra cash both via deposits or Sukuks and rolling over of the prevailing USD 4.2 billion amenities.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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