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|Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs|
27 April 2018 - 31 May 2018
|Shahid Khaqan Abbasi|
|Shamshad Akhtar (caretaker)|
|Adviser to the Prime Minister for Finance|
27 December 2017 - 27 April 2018
|Shahid Khaqan Abbasi|
|Himself (Federal Minister)|
|Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Investment (Minister of State)|
4 January 2014 - 28 July 2017
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
|Head & Vice Chairman Punjab Board of Investment and Trade|
|Chief Minister & Chairman||Shahbaz Sharif|
|Political party||Pakistan Muslim League (N)|
|Alma mater||Duquesne University (B.S)|
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D)
Miftah Ismail is a Pakistani politician and political economist who served as Pakistan's Minister of Finance from April 2018 to May 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Federal Adviser on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, chairman of the Pakistan Board of Investment and an economist with the International Monetary Fund.
Born in Karachi, Ismail received his B.S. degree from Duquesne University in business studies in 1985, followed by a Ph.D degree in public finance and political economy from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1990. Ismail worked with the International Monetary Fund as an economist based in Washington, D.C. in the early 1990s.
He returned to Pakistan to work for his family business, Ismail Industries Limited, in 1993. The business includes the manufacturing of confectionery (candies), biscuits, potato chips, and plastics and has an annual revenue of about a quarter billion dollars.
During the 2013 Pakistani general election, Ismail served as a member of the election strategy team and the manifesto committee of Pakistan Muslim League (N). In October 2013, Ismail became a member of the Board of Directors of Pakistan International Airlines. In November 2013, he joined the Board of Directors of Sui Southern Gas Company. Both of these positions he retained until 4 January 2014, when he was appointed as the head of Federal Board of Investment and was added as a junior member of the Prime Minister Sharif's cabinet. Under his leadership the Board of Investment underwent massive restructuring including winding up of its regional offices. During his tenure at the Board of Investment, the government of Pakistan formulated a new automobile sector policy that has attracted a lot of new investment in the automobile sector.
After being appointed as one of the key finance advisers to the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in December 2017, he stated that one of his top priorities is to help broaden the extremely narrow tax base in Pakistan which would strengthen the overall economy. He said that he would help design an economic policy that gives opportunity to the wealthy Pakistanis abroad to bring back their wealth. In other words, the government was ready to initiate an 'offshore tax amnesty scheme' soon.