It is expected that Government of Pakistan is going to apply for another loan arrangement with International Monetary Fund, as the current Standby loan facility is about to end and the ministry of finance is positive about receiving the remaining trenches of the said loan. Ministry of Finance is very hopeful for IMF to consider the loan request and requirement of Pakistan in a favorable manner in their meeting with IMF delegation in December 2010. IMF has asked GOP to implement RGST, increase in electricity rates for the release of rest of the tranches. The GoP is working on fulfilling the requirements of IMF. The ministry official has also told the media that extension in current SBA loan arrangement is not possible; however, the ministry is going to apply for new loan program.

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