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IMF team to visit Pakistan for first review talks on Nov 2

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  • IMF Mission Chief to Pakistan Nathan Porter will lead delegation.
  • Finance ministry has started preparations for talks with IMF.
  • Ministry met to get updates on all structural benchmarks, criteria.

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation is scheduled to visit Pakistan for talks regarding the initial assessment of the country’s $3 billion standby arrangement (SBA) on November 2.

The finance ministry, too, has started preparing for the upcoming talks with the global lending institution.

The development was confirmed by the IMF’s resident representative, Esther Perez Ruiz, as the cash-strapped nation, currently functioning under a caretaker administration, endeavours to steer towards economic revival after the IMF approved its loan programme in July this year.

The loan programme averted a sovereign debt default with Pakistan receiving its first $1.2 billion tranche from the Washington-based lender soon after the approval.

“An International Monetary Fund team led by Mr Nathan Porter will field a mission to Pakistan starting in November 2 on the first review under the current Stand-By Arrangement,” Ruiz told Reuters.

Meanwhile, the finance secretary has convened an important meeting of all ministries, divisions, and departments for tomorrow (Thursday) to get an update on all structural benchmarks, indicative criteria and performance criteria agreed with the IMF for the end of September 2023.

As per The News, the finance ministry has made all-out efforts to restrict the budget deficit target within limits agreed with the lender.

It had warned the provinces to trip down spending, and the latest provisional estimates suggest that Punjab and Sindh had made significant progress on it.

Another challenge for restricting the overall fiscal deficit is the rising debt servicing requirements that would, of course, balloon and stand beyond Rs8.3 trillion to Rs8.5 trillion for the current fiscal year 2023–24 against the initially envisaged target of Rs7.3 trillion in the wake of surged policy rate of the central bank.

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April FDI in Pakistan increased to $358.8 million, according to SBP

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The inflow for April was $358.8 million, up 177% from $132 million in April FY23. Still, that was 39% more than the $258 million from March.

China was the largest investor, with $439.3 million in FDI from the nation between July and April of FY24—the greatest amount—as opposed to $604 million during the same period of FY23. In April, China accounted for $177 million of the total investment.

With $51.93 and 51.89 million invested in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Canada came in second and third, respectively.

The power industry was the main draw for foreign investors in FY24, which ran from July to April. This period’s FDI in the power industry was $637.5 million, compared to $776.2 million the previous year. From $338 million to $460 million this year, Hydel Power garnered more attention.

Continue reading: In FY23–24, Pakistan’s per capita income increased to $1680.

According to a separate data released on Wednesday, Pakistanis’ per capita income increased to $1680 in FY2023–2024.

The size of the national economy grew from $341 billion to $375 billion in the current fiscal year, according to figures made public by PBS.

Throughout this fiscal year, Pakistanis’ yearly per capita income increased by Rs 90,534; the monthly rise was Rs 7,544.

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OGRA forbids the purchase or sale of inferior LPG cylinders.

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The 313 LPG marketing and 19 cylinder-producing companies received notices from the OGRA, which described the act of refilling inferior LPGO cylinders as harmful.

Avoid supplying LPG to unlicensed distributors, the OGRA has cautioned LPG marketing companies. Only approved distributors will be able to sell and buy LPG going forward, per the notification, which states that new SOPs have been developed for the LPG industry.

Additionally, the warning said that the decision was made in an effort to preserve both lives and the business in response to an increase in cylinder blast occurrences.

Price reductions of Rs 20 per kilogramme for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) were implemented in Quetta on May 3.

There is a reduction of Rs 20 on LPG prices, which means that the price per kilogramme drops from Rs 280 to Rs 260.

The costs of LPG were reduced by Rs 20 per kilogramme earlier, bringing the total decrease to Rs 40 per kilogramme over a few weeks. This is something worth noticing.

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PIA announces a significant student discount.

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According to an airline spokesman, the national flag carrier has recently raised the baggage allowance to 60 kg.

Currently, PIA flies one flight per week on Sundays between Islamabad and Beijing.

The discount may be useful to students who intend to spend their summer vacations in Pakistan or who wish to return home after earning their degrees.

Before, students who wanted to visit China could now receive a 27% reduction on their fares through PIA.

On Eid ul Fitr, the national flag airline also reduced the cost of domestic flights by 20% for both economy and executive economy classes.

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