Pakistan gone really well on economic front in last two years: WB

ISLAMABAD: Visiting Managing Director of the World Bank, Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday, Pakistan had gone really well in terms of economic development in last two years.

The country had made headways in promoting regional connectivity and extending trade ties with the countries in the region, he remarked during a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at the Finance Division.

Ms. Indrawati also appreciated the positive suggestions received from the Government in preparing the policy framework for Pakistan.

The World Bank Managing Director was also accompanied by her economic team during the meeting.

She said through her press statement on Tuesday, she would also share the positive outcomes of her visit.

Ms. Mulyani and her team discussed with the Minister important issues related to Growth and Energy DPCs of the World Bank and the progress so far being made to reform the economy of Pakistan, a statement of the Finance Ministry issued here said.

The Minister acknowledged the support of Ms. Indrawati as a great friend of Pakistan and the cooperation of the World Bank on Growth, Energy, enhancing the educational facilities in Pakistan and in important projects like Dasu.

Ms. Indrawati commenting on her visit said this was her 2nd visit to Pakistan and it has been very productive.

“The Prime Minister, the Finance Minister and all the Government departments with whom we are working have extended us the full support and we acknowledge their support” said the MD.

Ms. Indrawati also appreciated the efforts of the government in enhancing the support of the poor families through the Income Support Programme.

She also said with the Census being held next year, the system of identifying the poorest of the poor would further be improved.

The Finance Minister on the occasion thanked the World Bank team for helping in restoring the lives and livelihoods of the Temporally Displaced Persons (TDPs) affected by ongoing crisis in FATA and by recent floods in the country.

On the issue of cooperation in improving health facilities in Pakistan the Minister said, “We hope that the World Bank will support along with other development partners in the eradication of polio and immunization of each and every child of the country”.

The Minister also sought cooperation from the Bank on expediting pledges from the donors and preparation of the projects in coordination with the respective governments.

Both, the Finance Minister and Ms.Indrawati expressed their desire to continue working in future in areas of economic growth and fighting the energy crisis in the country.

Source: APP