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IMF mission chief to visit Pakistan on March 26

March 19, 2019

Photo: AFP

The mission chief of the International Monetary Fund is expected to arrive in Pakistan on March 26.

Ernesto Ramirez Rigo will hold meetings with Finance Minister Asad Umar and State Bank employees.

The government is hoping for an $6 billion bailout package from the new chief.

Related: Talks with the IMF over possible bailout package have entered the final stages, says Asad Umar

Pakistan and the IMF are no strangers. Since 1958, they have made 21 agreements for loans.

The IMF is an international organisation of 189 countries working on monetary cooperation and international monetary stability. It helps member countries in three ways:

  • Economic surveillance — monitoring the economic and financial policies of its 189 member countries.
  • Lending — providing loans to member countries facing some degree of economic crises.
  • Capacity building —  modernizing member country economic policies and institutions, and training their people

Pakistan has gone to the IMF repeatedly since the late 1980s. The last time was in 2013, when Islamabad got a $6.6 billion loan to tackle an economic crisis.


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