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PM Khan Meets IMF Director Christine Lagarde In Beijing

Prime Minister Imran Khan met International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director Christine Lagard during his official visit to China on Friday.

After the meeting, the IMF director tweeted, “I was glad to meet Prime Minister Khan of Pakistan today in Beijing. We discussed prospects for a comprehensive policy package and international financial support to help stabilize the economy of Pakistan, and also the need to strengthen governance and protect the poor.”

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The PM has also met World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum earlier today.

While addressing at the BRI Forum, PM Khan said Pakistan and China were entering the second phase of the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project which would help in eliminating poverty from the country.

The IMF team is expected to arrive in Pakistan later this month.

On April 18, the government named Abdul Hafeez Sheikh who is a former World Bank official and was federal finance minister from 2010-2013, as an adviser on finance replacing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s senior leader Asad Umar.

The newly-appointed minister has promised to speed up talks with the IMF as Islamabad seeks a crucial bailout plan.

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