IMF says Pakistan talks ongoing; more work needed on structural reforms

Rice declined to say if disbursements under that program had been halted

  
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, U.S., is seen on April 8, 2019.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, U.S., is seen on April 8, 2019.

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WASHINGTON- The International Monetary Fund is holding open, constructive discussions with Pakistan as part of a sixth review of the country's 39-month, $6 billion financing program that began in 2019, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Thursday.

Rice declined to say if disbursements under that program had been halted, but said further discussions were needed about Pakistan's sustainable fiscal spending plans, structural reforms, particularly in the tax and energy sectors, and social spending.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal) ((andrea.shalal@tr.com; +1 202-815-7432;))


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