Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy

Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy
Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy
Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy
Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy

Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy

Pakistan Seeks $11 Billion from China and Saudi Arabia to Bolster Economy.

Economic Revival Blueprint Unveiled

Pakistan’s caretaker government, in a bid to maintain economic stability and avert a potential crisis, has initiated discussions with China and Saudi Arabia to secure a substantial financial package amounting to $11 billion, as reported by DAWN newspaper. This move comes in response to the pressing need to ensure the smooth continuation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout program.

Commitment to Fulfill IMF Conditions

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Pakistan’s caretaker Finance Minister, recently unveiled a comprehensive economic revival blueprint. While the caretaker government’s authority is limited in implementing extensive structural reforms, it has made a commitment to adhere to the IMF’s stipulated conditions in order to unlock a crucial $700 million loan installment. Discussions with the IMF are scheduled to commence by the end of October.Dr. Akhtar emphasized the significance of Pakistan’s compliance with its commitments under the IMF program for the sake of maintaining economic stability. Back in June, the IMF had tentatively agreed to provide Pakistan with a nine-month Stand-by Arrangement valued at approximately $3 billion.

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Addressing the External Financing Gap

The Finance Minister also drew attention to Pakistan’s persistent external financing gap. Despite the government’s ongoing initiatives, the nation’s financing needs continue to exceed the available funding. In response, the government is actively collaborating with stakeholders in the hope of attracting project pipeline disbursements and reinvigorating policy-based financing from various international bodies.”To meet the external financing requirements, we are working to secure concessional funding from multilaterals such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank, amounting to $6.3 billion,” stated Dr. Akhtar, according to DAWN.

Challenges Amidst Financial Arrangements

Amid these financial negotiations and strategies, the Finance Minister issued a cautionary note. She highlighted the escalating international commodity prices, particularly the surge in Brent crude oil prices to $95 per barrel in September, as a substantial risk to Pakistan’s external stability.

Inward Focus on Tax Amendments

The caretaker government’s efforts extend beyond seeking external financial relief. It is also actively pursuing amendments to tax laws, with a particular focus on incorporating the retail, agricultural, and real estate sectors into the tax net. Additionally, the government anticipates generating an additional ₹3 trillion by resolving pending court cases.

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