IMF says Pakistan outlook ‘favourable’

- Agence France-Presse, ISLAMABAD

Jun 18, 2017-

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the outlook for Pakistan’s economy was “favourable”, citing Chinese infrastructure investments among reasons for growth, but warned of risks to recent progress.

Confidence in insurgency-hit Pakistan is growing, with the IMF saying last year that the country had emerged from crisis and stabilised its economy after completing a bailout programme.

However the IMF warned in a report on Friday that macroeconomic stability gains have started to erode and could pose risks to the economic outlook. “Pakistan’s outlook for economic growth is favourable, with real GDP estimated at 5.3 percent in ... 2016/17 and strengthening to 6 percent over the medium term on the back of stepped-up China Pakistan Economic Corridor investments, improved availability of energy, and growth-supporting structural reforms,” the report said. “However, macroeconomic stability gains ... have begun to erode and could pose risks to the economic outlook,” it added. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to boost the economy after winning a third term in 2013.

Published: 18-06-2017 08:31

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