Reforms introduced to address macro-economic challenges, bring improvement: SBP

KARACHI: An improvement in the external sector has become visible, as the reforms introduced to address the macro-economic challenges have brought change, said the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Dr Reza Baqir during a session with the members of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI).

Along with increased exports, the average monthly current account deficit has halved, non-borrowed foreign exchange reserves have begun to grow, Dr Reza elaborated. He further expressed hopes of the inflationary pressures easing from the second half of the current fiscal year.

OICCI President Shazia Syed said that OICCI members have been positive on investment opportunities in the country, as they are among the largest economic stakeholders with the economic contribution reaching over $13 billion in the past seven years, despite challenges faced by the economy.

Along with complimenting the governor over remittances of profits to OICCI members, a comprehensive list of recommendations to the SBP Governor, and suggestions to set up an online portal allowing banks to upload the request and supporting documents were also presented to the SBP Governor.

Considerations of the recommendations presented were promised by the Governor, while he emphasised the need for continuous dialogue.

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