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Macroeconomic considerations and outlook that influence monetary policy decision depict a mix picture. While inflation (YoY) and balance of payment position has improved, fiscal and real sector performance remains tenuous. Domestic financial markets functioned adequately but lending to the private sector has remained subdued.
From a forward looking perspective, expected improvement in the external current account and emerging global economic recovery augur well for Pakistan's economy. But, limited progress on electricity shortages and stressed fiscal position dilute some of the optimism. Similarly, inflation outlook is not completely benign yet as depicted by recent monthly trends. Under these circumstances, assessment of balance of risks continues to be somewhat uncertain.
Both CPI and core inflation have declined further in August 2009, with former at 10.7 percent and Non food Non energy (NFNE) measure of the latter at 12.6 percent on year-on-year basis. But, the pace of decline in …