PR No.184 MEETING REVIEWS ECONOMIC REFORMS Islamabad: March 20, 2017

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting here on Monday to review the progress of various economic reforms being carried out by the government. The Minister reviewed the ongoing structural reforms in key areas of the economy, including energy sector, public sector enterprises and investment climate.

Finance Secretary, Tariq Bajwa briefed the Minister on the latest status of various reform measures and their implementation. He shared the progress in the key areas of the economy and highlighted the publication of Public Sector Enterprises Report, work on the Circular Debt Plan and the National Doing Business Reform Strategy.

Minister Dar expressed his satisfaction on the progress of reforms and said that the dividends of these reforms were already visible. He emphasized the importance of timely implementation of various decisions so that the desired objectives can be achieved within the planned timeframe. He desired that compendium of reforms implemented since 2013 be updated to properly reflect the reforms over the last 3 years. The Finance Minister also instructed that a meeting of the Economic Advisory Council may be convened to discuss budgetary proposals for enhancing growth. He said implementation of ongoing work may be expedited through coordination with concerned government ministries.

The meeting was attended by Finance Secretary, Secretary EAD and senior officials of Finance Division.