Attracting US investments ‘top priority’ of Pakistani government: Miftah Ismail

WASHINGTON: The new Pakistan government’s top priority is to attract United States’ foreign investments in all sectors of the Pakistani economy, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has said, noting the American corporate sector’s “long and productive relationship” with the country.

Speaking to a delegation of the US-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC., he said the government was focused on creating a business-friendly environment and would welcome all the suggestions.

Finance Minister Ismail arrived in this capital city on Thursday evening to attend the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

During his 4-day visit here, he will also discuss the continuation of the stalled IMF programme for Pakistan.

In his remarks, the finance minister identified various areas in Pakistan’s economy, particularly agriculture, the technology sector, including financial technology, pharmaceutical and health sectors, as well as digital banking where the US companies could enhance their investments in Pakistan.