ISLAMABAD - On conclusion of his five-day farewell visit to Pakistan, Praful Patel, World Bank Vice President highlighted on Friday Pakistan reforms, though tough but essential, can ensure that high international prices of petroleum and food commodities do not derail Pakistan's progressive efforts for poverty reduction and economic development. "During my last trip to Pakistan two months ago I noted that the economic challenges did not constitute a crisis, but the economic picture for Pakistan was very serious", said Patel. "International oil and food prices have continued to rise since then, and we are working closely on the programme to address them and to ensure the poorest are protected."    During his visit, Patel met Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and the government's economic team led by Federal Minister for Finance Syed Naveed Qamar to discuss the economy and safety nets to protect the poor and to adjust the domestic prices.   In meetings with President of Pakistan, Parvez Musharraf, Pakistan Peoples Party Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, and President of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Shahbaz Sharif, Patel thanked them for the warm reception and hospitality shown to him throughout his tenure as the regional Vice President of the World Bank.   Patel is retiring from the World Bank after 35 years of service. He hoped that Pakistan's development partnership with the World Bank would continue to grow from strength to strength.      During his visit Patel once again reconfirmed the World Bank's ongoing commitment to assist Pakistan.  He noted that despite uncertainty in the recent months the World Bank's programmes in Pakistan remained on track. He said that World Bank's technical assistance with targeting exercises on the social safety nets, capacity and institution building for water management, electricity generation and distribution efforts would help Pakistan in meeting its development priorities. In Sindh, Patel met Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and his economic team to learn of the new government's priorities and to get an update on the ongoing World Bank assisted development initiatives in the province. Patel made a good-bye visit to Keti Bunder, a community that he has come to know over the years through Bank assisted Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) project in Thatta.   The Keti Bunder community is benefiting from social mobilization, small infrastructure projects of drinking water, street pavements, and income generation activities under the project. "Over the last five years I have visited Pakistan very often and have always gone back impressed with the resilience of its people," said Patel. "Persisting and new challenges notwithstanding, I am sure that with the right policies and strong support from its development partners, Pakistan can maintain its poverty reduction path. I take very fond memories with me and wish Pakistan well."