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19 June, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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IMF says Pakistan outlook ‘favourable’, warns of risks

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AFP, ISLAMABAD:  The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the outlook for Pakistan’s economy was “favourable”, citing Chinese infrastructure investments among reasons for growth, but warned of risks to recent progress.
Confidence in insurgency-hit Pakistan is growing, with the IMF saying last year that the country had emerged from crisis and stabilised its economy after completing a bailout programme.
However the IMF warned in a report on Friday that macroeconomic stability gains have started to erode and could pose risks to the economic outlook.
“Pakistan’s outlook for economic growth is favourable, with real GDP estimated at 5.3 per cent in ... 2016/17 and strengthening to 6 per cent over the medium term on the back of stepped-up China Pakistan Economic Corridor investments, improved availability of energy, and growth-supporting structural reforms,” the report said.
“However, macroeconomic stability gains ... have begun to erode and could pose risks to the economic outlook,” it added.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to boost the long-depressed economy after winning a third term in 2013.
Encouraged—and undeterred by domestic debt of $182 billion—Islamabad set an ambitious yearly growth target of 5.7 per cent for 2016/2017. The World Bank predicted 5.4 per cent growth by 2018.
Hopes are pinned on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $46 billion initiative by Beijing that aims to link the Asian superpower’s Xinjiang region with the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.

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