Interior minister off to US to attend WB,IMF meetings

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday left for the United States on a three-day visit.

He will attend annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. He will be representing Pakistan instead of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who is appearing in the accountability court these days.

The 2017 annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will be held from October 13 to 15 in Washington.

At the annual meetings, the joint World Bank Group-IMF Development Committee and the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee convene to discuss the work of the institutions. The Plenary Session of the World Bank Group and IMF Boards of Governors is also held during the annual meetings.

During the meetings, the World Bank Group and the IMF also help organise and host a number of related meetings of groups of country delegations, such as the G-20, G-24, Commonwealth, BRICS, as well as the programme of seminars and other events beginning on Tuesday, October 10.

In addition to speaking at the World Bank and IMF meetings, the minister will address a conference on Mutual Coordination in South Asia and deliver a lecture on Pakistan’s strategy in the war against terror at Johns Hopkins University.