CSF - BiWeekly Press Briefing UN




09 May 2019


Washington, United States



IMF Trade / Argentina / Ukraine
Washington, DC – Recent
1. B-ROLL: Exterior IMF

Washington, DC --- 9 May, 2019
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“No one certainly not at the IMF would want to minimize the challenges that need to be faced and that Argentina and the Argentine people are facing. It's as you know it's a major set of challenges. But again we think that important progress has been made that should not be overlooked. We think that this program of stabilizing the economy and transitioning the economy to be more open and resilient is the right program. We believe that implementation of that program is the right way forward.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Everybody loses in a protracted trade conflict. If trade is damaged then it threatens growth. And when we we talked about the risks to the outlook recently in the context of our world economic outlook update and during the spring meetings we did talk about trade as one of the risks to growth that we saw out there. So we are really in the mode that we've been in for some time which is to encourage all parties to seek a resolution that supports and strengthens the international trading system. And so we we'd be hoping for a speedy resolution to these discussions.”
7. Reporter cutaway
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
9. Midshot briefing cutaway
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“The managing director in fact has been in touch with Mr. Zelensky on his election as president of Ukraine and underscored that the IMF continues to stand ready to support Ukraine and to help it meet the challenges that lie ahead. Let me say also Madame Lagarde was also in touch at the same time with outgoing President Poroshenko thanking him for close cooperation during his presidency and expressing the the the hope and the expectation that progress under the economic program would continue.”
11. Cutaway Reporter

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