ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar has emphasized the importance of prudent debt management for a growing economy.
He was chairing a meeting on matters related to the debt policy coordination office at his office on Friday.
The Finance Minister referred to his article on Pakistan’s debt published some days ago and said that the purpose of the article was to emphasize that Pakistan is properly managing its debt, and to dispel any notion that the country is at risk with regard to debt obligations in the foreseeable future.
He said that the sustainability profile of public debt has improved significantly during the present government and urged the Debt Office to continue its efforts to further improve the debt sustainability profile.
The Finance Minister expressed his satisfaction that the Net Debt to GDP ratio has remained unchanged at 60.2%, during the period from July 2013 to June 2016.
He emphasized that the Net Debt to GDP ratio has been maintained at this level despite the fact that the present government has enhanced Federal Development spending from Rs. 348 billion in FY 2013 to Rs. 800 billion for FY 2017, and has increased cash income support to the most vulnerable from Rs. 40 billion to Rs. 115 billion in three years to end June 2016. He further highlighted that fiscal deficits have been curtailed from 8.2 percent to 4.6 percent of GDP in three years to June 2016.