Bi Weekly Press Briefing




25 May 2017


Washington, DC, United States



Edited Package
Washington, DC – Recent
1. B-ROLL: Exterior IMF

Washington, DC --- 25 May 2017
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“There is no deal at this point. There is no agreement. We are exploring all options within our practices and rules.”
5. Cutaway Reporters
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Greece has legislated a strong package of reforms which the IMF has welcomed; but we still need to see more specificity on the debt relief issue. So these were very useful discussions on Monday and those discussions continue but essentially the IMF position is as has been stated here many times that we need to see the two legs of the approach. That is a strong package of reforms, which we have now but we also need to see debt sustainability. ”
7. Cutaway Reporter
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Differences are narrowing and I think that everyone is optimistic that an agreement can be reached and hopefully can be reached at the next Eurogroup meeting in a few weeks' time.”
9. SOUNDBITE: (English): Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Brazil has built buffers over time and has proven instruments to deal with market volatility and to preserve financial stability. But again, too soon to assess the implications of the political developments.”
10. Reporters Cutaway
11. SOUNDBITE: (English): Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We have made progress in our discussions which are under the fourth review of our program to support Ghana and these discussions have helped us better understand the governments new policies. We are still working toward a common understanding of their implications and how they align with the program objectives. A key priority is to bring the public-sector debt on a clearly declining path.”
12. Gerry Rice midshot

Washington, DC – Recent
13. B-ROLL: Exterior IMF
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