Standard and Poor’s upgrades Pakistan’s Credit Rating

Islamabad, October 31, 2016 (PPI-OT): Finance Minister congratulates Prime Minister and the nation on improvement of country rating by Standard and Poor.

Standard and Poor’s has improved Pakistan’s long-term credit rating from B-to-B with stable outlook. This comes as a result of the government’s improved policymaking, strong performance of the economy and the good prospects for the country’s fiscal and external positions.

Standard and Poor’s has highlighted that Pakistan continues to benefit from improving governance under the present Government of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The government’s reform program has helped to restore macro-economic stability, reduce fiscal and external vulnerabilities, and promote growth-supporting reforms that have the potential to improve living standards.

Standard and Poor’s while issuing Pakistan’s revised rating has also revised upward its forecasts of:

Average annual GDP growth to 5% over 2016-2019 from the earlier estimate of 4.7%.

Pakistan’s debt to fall below 60% of GDP by 2018.

The upward revision in rating, the Agency contends, also reflects the Government’s continued focus on closing infrastructure shortfalls, reforms in the energy sector, gradual gains in fiscal consolidation and beefed up foreign exchange reserves.

For more information, contact:
Director General (Media)
Nadeem Haider Kiani
Ministry of Finance
Government of Pakistan
Room # 514, Block-‘Q’, Finance Division,
Pak. Sectt. Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9211707, +92-51-9208281, +92-51-9206382
Fax: +92-51-9210877
Email: so_coord1@finance.gov.pk