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IMF Backs Pakistan's Economic Revival Amid Election Disputes

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has extended its support towards a new economic program for Pakistan, contingent upon government initiation, amidst ongoing election disputes. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif swiftly initiated talks with the IMF following his recent swearing-in, aiming to navigate the nation through pressing economic challenges.

Pakistan, facing financial strain exacerbated by a delayed coalition government formation post-February 8 elections, had previously secured a $3 billion IMF stand-by arrangement. However, demands for an electoral audit from the opposition party led by imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan added complexity to the negotiations.

Despite the absence of a named finance minister, positive signals from the IMF, coupled with China’s decision to extend loans, have bolstered investor confidence. Mark Evans, a fixed income analyst with Ninety One, highlighted Pakistan’s gradual financial improvement, driven by adjustments in currency and interest rates. However, he underscored the ongoing political fragility and economic volatility as persistent risks.

The IMF’s emphasis on resolving electoral disputes peacefully underscores the significance of institutional stability for economic growth. Investors remain cautiously optimistic, monitoring the nation’s progress closely.

In summary, the IMF’s support for Pakistan’s new economic program offers a glimmer of hope amidst ongoing challenges, potentially signaling a positive shift in the nation’s economic trajectory.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

11th March, 2024

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