World Bank team lauds economic development in Pakistan


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


Pakistan had made headways in promoting regional connectivity and extending trade ties with the countries in the region, she remarked during a meeting with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar at the Finance Division. Mulyani also appreciated the suggestions received from the government in preparing the policy framework for Pakistan.


The World Bank official was also accompanied by her economic team during the meeting. She said that she would also share the positive outcomes of her visit through her press statement on Tuesday. Mulyani and her team discussed with the minister important issues related to growth and energy and the progress so far being made to reform theECONOMY, according to a statement of the Finance Ministry.


The minister acknowledged the support of Mulyani 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. Commenting on her visit, Mulyani said this was her second 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,” she said. Mulyani 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. On the occasion, Senator Dar thanked the World Bank team for helping in restoring the lives and livelihoods of the temporally displaced persons affected by ongoing crisis in FATA and by recent floods.


The minister also sought cooperation from the bank on expediting pledges from the donors and preparation of the projects inCOORDINATION with the respective governments. Both, the minister and Mulyani expressed their desire to continue working in future in areas of economic growth and fighting the energy crisis.


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