Prime Minister Imran Khan met newly-appointed finance adviser Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.
Dr Sheikh apprised the premier regarding talks with officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Speaking to the media ahead of his meeting with PM Imran, Dr Sheikh said, "I have issued directives to prepare for the budget and a medium-term strategy paper for the budget."
"The process of talks with IMF will be hastened. Pakistan wants the process of talks with IMF to proceed and the international lender has committed to sent a mission to the country soon," the finance adviser added.
"I will speak to the IMF mission head in the evening today," he further said.
Dr Sheikh took charge of his post earlier today. The finance adviser will also have the charge of Revenue and Economic Affairs Division. Sheikh's designation will be at par with that of a federal minister.