ISLAMABAD: Country Director, World Bank,  Patchamuthu Illangovan  discussed the plans for establishing the Pakistan Infrastructure Bank (PIB), in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with Federal Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar.

The meeting between two sides was held  here on Saturday in which  Finance Minister's schedule of engagements during his forthcoming visit to Washington  for participation in the IMF and the World Bank Spring meetings was  also came under discussion.

Dar said that, once established, PIB will complement the government’s infrastructure initiatives by enhancing private financing and investment for infrastructure projects in the country.

Referring to the recently concluded Article-IV consultations with the IMF, the Finance Minister said that the government is making all necessary efforts to consolidate the economic gains made in the last three and a half years, and achieve higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. In this regard, he said that the government is committed to continuing the implementation of reforms in different areas of the economy.
 WB Country Director apprised the Finance Minister regarding the work being conducted by the World Bank team to support the efforts of the government for improving data collection methodologies and rebasing the national accounts, in order to present a more accurate picture of Pakistan’s economy. The Minister assured all necessary facilitation to the World Bank team for this task.