The US Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale called on the Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Wednesday.
During the meeting matters relating to Finance Minister’s upcoming visit to Washington for the IMF – World Bank spring meetings, and meetings with senior US officials, were discussed.
Ambassador Hale said he looked forward to Finance Minister’s visit to USA as it would help further develop Pak-US economic ties. He said the Minister’s continued engagement with US leadership, heads of international organizations and meetings with US think tanks during his past visits had greatly contributed to augmenting Pakistan’s perception and image.
Finance Minister said that he also looked forward to the meetings with a view to strengthening the bilateral relationship and further increasing its economic and trade content. The Minister also shared with the Ambassador the progress of the economic reforms being carried out in different areas including energy, in cooperation with the development partners. He said that the just concluded article – 4 consultations with the IMF had confirmed that the reform process was progressing in the post program period as well. He said the government was now fully focused on achieving economic growth and making all out efforts to consolidate the gains Pakistan had made in the past three years. He said the process of reforms would go hand in hand with the endeavours for overall economic development.