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Pak, Afghanistan agree to set up joint working groups

WASHINGTON: Visiting Pakistan delegation led by Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr. Miftah Ismail participated in the IMF / World Bank spring meetings 2018 at Washington.

The delegation attended a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the main event.

In meeting with the Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi, the two sides discussed various issues adversely impacting trade flows between the two countries. They agreed setting up working groups to resolve them. The first joint meeting is expected to take place in early May.

The Adviser briefed the World Bank and IMF officials about the current economic situation. He also drew attention to improvement in the country’s exports resulting from various policy initiatives implemented by the government.

The Advisor also met President of the Asian Development Bank Takehiko Nakao and discussed Pakistan’s portfolio and future development initiatives. President ADB assured the Advisor of the Bank’s continuous support and role as a Pakistan’s major development partner.

The Adviser also spoke on the development impact of the Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan in a high-level roundtable chaired by the World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

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