WASHINGTON - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will lead a Pakistani delegation to the annual World Bank-IMF meetings this week, as top economic managers from around the world gather in Washington for a series of discussions.

During his visit, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will meet with senior leadership of the international financial institutions. He will apprise his interlocutors of Islamabad’s economic growth plan and development priorities. He is also expected to discuss Pakistan-US cooperative ties with American officials. Besides, the annual gathering will provide an opportunity for the finance minister to interact with his counterparts from various countries to discuss enhancing trade and economic cooperation.

Senator Dar is scheduled to address the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, on challenges facing the Pakistani economy and spell out Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s vision and policies to put the economy back on the track of sustained economic growth. The Board of Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Boards of Governors of the IMF normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions.

According to the International Monetary Fund, the annual meetings occur ahead of the meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other groups of members.

Monitoring adds: Although the early meetings will start from October 11, a series of events were scheduled to start from Oct 7 in which top officials of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund would discuss world economy with government leaders, delegates, observers and civil society representatives.