Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar speaks as he presents the budget for the year 2019-20 in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government was set to present an austerity-focused budget on Tuesday, weeks after the country reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund
Pakistan’s rupee dropped to an all-time low of 146.5 to the dollar on Thursday, days after Islamabad announced it had reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a fresh bailout for its troubled economy.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken parliamentarians of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and its allies into confidence on the $6 billion bailout package finalised with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and overall economic policies of the government.
Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar on Thursday said that talks with International Monetary Fund (IMF) are at the final stage and its details would soon be shared with the parliament. The senate was informed that remittances this year will increase to $22 billion breaking the stagnant mode of the previous years.
Asian shares rose on Wednesday after a strong lead from Wall Street fuelled by hopes for additional U.S. economic stimulus and a coronavirus vaccine, but trade was choppy as some investors booked profits.
Healthy off-take on the back of festive season accelerated major automobile players’ year-on-year sales during November. However, some companies reported a slower off-take on the sequential basis.
Fitch downgraded Sri Lanka’s sovereign credit rating to ‘CCC’, warning the country’s debt levels were set to soar past 100% of GDP and that it was increasingly at risk of default.