An International Monetary Fund team has arrived in Pakistan to evaluate current economic reforms and performance. The IMF is scrutinising the country's books before deciding on whether to release a loan of US$208 million. An initial medium-term loan of US$208 million was granted last October. Disbursement of the loan depends on Islamabad's ability to meet economic targets agreed with the IMF. An IMF official said the team was expected to stay for two weeks and would enter into policy-level discussions after completing a thorough review of economic data provided by the government. Pakistani officials said economic growth in the first six months was below target - but close to criteria agreed with the IMF under a three- year structural adjustment loan for balance of payments support worth a total of US$1.56 billion. Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz recently announced that Pakistan would achieve 5.5 per cent growth in GDP this year, compared to 3.1 per cent last year.