• PM Imran Khan Attempts Valediction: Sheikh Mohammad Assumes One-Day Visit

      January 7, 2019    

    Pakistan's high Minister Imran Khan obtained His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy best Commander of the UAE military, at Islamabad's Nur Khan Airbase on Sunday earlier than himself riding the dignitary to the Prime Minister's residence.

    Sheikh Mohamed was given a pink carpet welcome on his first go to Islamabad considering that 2007 earlier than being welcomed with a 21-gun salute and a shield of honour. On the PM house, the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince held a one-on-one meeting with PM Khan, then proceeded to steer the UAE delegation for complete negotiations with the Pakistani side.

    According to the Pakistani finance ministry, the 2 countries have finalized a $6.2 billion bailout package. It accommodates $three.2 billion well worth of oil supplies on deferred price, on top of the $three billion Bop aid already announced overdue closing 12 months whilst Imran Khan visited the UAE. Sheikh Mohamed and Imran explored various factors of political, monetary, investment and developmental family members and the opportunity of enhancing them in multiple important sectors.

    Sheikh Mohamed affirmed his keenness to broaden cooperation with Pakistan to serve the 2 Nations' Commonplace Pastimes. "The UAE, under the management of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, locations splendid significance to strengthening its members of the family with Pakistan at diverse tiers," he introduced.

    "There is lots proof of the aid supplied with the aid of Sheikh Zayed to Pakistan in any respect degrees," he delivered, reiterating his appreciation for the latest monetary aid provided via the UAE to the national financial institution of Pakistan.

    "Our two international locations have historically enjoyed near and brotherly ties," Finance Minister Assad Omer informed Khaleej instances. "This goes to symbolizes our not unusual aspiration to deepen bilateral cooperation in all spheres, with unique focus at the economic system."

    "This is going to help us inside the immediate term because now we're close to meeting our outside financing requirements for the cutting-edge economic yr. (2018-19)," said Dr Hafiz Pasha, former finance minister. With all at once excessive inflation, low growth, loss of investor self-assurance, remarkable volatility within the currency and a collapse of the equity market.

    "It's miles now crucial for the government to use this respiratory area to make important changes, especially reduction of the present-day account deficit," brought Dr Pasha.

    With the current account deficit at $15 billion, and outside debt repayment of $12 billion super, Pakistan's outside financing requirement for the outgoing fiscal stands at $27 billion.

    "Oil accounts for greater than 30 in step with cent of our overall import invoice and the deferred payments will assist trim the oil and fuel bill with the aid of approximately $8 billion," said Ehtesham Khan CMT, who's head of capital markets at Pak Brunei funding organization and manages more than Rs2.5 billion in assets.

    And seeing that this forty-five-50 per cent saving within the oil invoice comes at a time whilst Brent has collapsed 40 in keeping with cent within the global marketplace given that October, Pakistan "is calling at a reduction of more than 60 in keeping with cent over ultimate yr."

    The stepped forward financial outlook will, ultimately, additionally permit the authorities to barter a favourable programmed with the international economic Fund (IMF), except supplying lots-needed cushion to the rupee.

    "Yes, IMF negotiations need to proceed extra smoothly now," stated Ehtesham. "after all, it changed into uncertainty about the IMF that squeezed an awesome 12-thirteen in step with cent from the inventory marketplace due to the fact August."

    The UAE Crown Prince's visit has now not just helped stabilize Pakistan's economic system, it has also vindicated the Pakistan high Minister's initiative of achieving out to pleasant nations for urgent economic help within the subsequent economic 12 months.

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