Ministries directed to submit report on IMF targets

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has asked all the ministries and divisions to submit report about the implementation of targets set for first review with International Monetary Fund (IMF).

With the help of the statistics provided, the finance ministry would prepare for talks with IMF review mission due next week.

According to the finance ministry’s letter, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, four-day talks between Pakistan and IMF on the extended fund facility programme (EFF) would start from Monday.

IMF staff mission headed by Director for Middle East and Central Asia Jihad Azour would arrive in Islamabad on Monday and stay here till September 20.

The IMF mission would exchange views on macroeconomic situation with Pakistani authorities and other relevant stake holders.

The finance ministry has written letters to Ministry of Power, petroleum division, investment board, Federal Board of Revenue, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) chairperson, National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) secretary, privatisation commission secretary, additional secretary corporate finance wing (finance division), additional secretary international finance wing (finance division), additional finance secretary budget wing (finance division) and other relevant ministries and divisions.

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The letter has asked all the relevant ministries and divisions to submit details about the implementation on agreed structural benchmarks, indicative targets and performance criteria targets so that the updated data could be shared with IMF whenever the need arises.

A senior officer of the finance ministry informed The Express Tribune that since many of the conditions agreed with the IMF could not be fulfilled, Pakistan would try to seek exemption on the standards of performance. It is expected that the tax collection target of Rs5.5trillion would also be reviewed.

Sources said that the tax receipts during the last fiscal year had been Rs3825 billion against the projection of Rs4153 billion. The shortfall would effect the targets set for 2019-20 as the base on which this target was set had been changed.

Sources further said that FBI had failed to achieve its first target of Rs4153bn tax collection as agreed with the IMF till June 2019. The target for first quarter of the current fiscal year is also likely unachievable.

They added that if additional revenue for current quarter is not collected, the tax collection target for current fiscal year would be affected as the target of tax receipts for current year had been set keeping in view the targets of last year.

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