Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan is endeavoring to consolidate economic gains in different sectors after achieving macro-economic stability.

Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington he said the government is expected to achieve a five percent GDP growth this year.

The Minister said the world financial institutions and economists have acknowledged Pakistan recent economic gains and its tremendous potential in wide-ranging areas.

He said Pakistan is focused on four major areas including sustained improvement in economy, energy production, defeating extremism and enhancing education allocation.

Ishaq Dar reaffirmed Islamabad's commitment to regional connectivity and improvement in trade with neighbors including Afghanistan.

He also underscored the importance of simultaneous progress in trade and other outstanding issues with India.

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