ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here on Thursday chaired a meeting to review and finalise arrangements for the visit of World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim.

Secretary Economic Affairs Division Tariq Bajwa informed that the president of World Bank would visit Pakistan from February 9-10 for which detailed engagements schedule is being chalked out. Vice President, World Bank’s South Asia Region, Annette Dixon would also accompany Jim Yong Kim. The visiting dignitary would have a special interaction with economic ministers and experts during his visit.

The meeting was also given a detailed review of Pak-World Bank economic cooperation and also updated on different important projects being undertaken through funding from the Bank.

Governor State Bank, Ashraf Mahmood Wathra on this occasion briefed the meeting on the Net International Reserves (NIR) and Net Domestic Assets (NDA). Secretary BISP briefed the meeting on various BISP activities that may be of interest to the visiting dignitary.

Meanwhile, finance minister also chaired a meeting at the Finance Ministry this evening to review the performance of the Federal Board of Revenue for the month of January 2016.

Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Revenue Haroon Akhtar and Chairman FBR Nisar Ahmad briefed the minister on the overall performance of FBR in achieving the revenue collection targets and further actions to be taken once the legislation related to Voluntary Tax Compliance Scheme approved by the Parliament is assented to by the President.

The minister also discussed other important issues with Chairman FBR to improve the performance of the revenue collection authority.

He also stressed that FBR should help create congenial and conducive environment for businesses in the country.

The minister, after the meeting, was thanked by Naeem Mir, Secretary General All Pakistan Traders Association for facilitating the traders by the new tax scheme.

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