IMF/ IMFC Press Conference




16 Apr 2020


Washington D.C., United States



IMF/ IMFC Press Conference
Washington, DC – Recent
1. B-ROLL: Exterior IMF

Washington, DC --- 16 April, 2020
2. B-ROLL: Wide-Shot IMF Studio
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lesetja Kganyago, Chairman IMFC

“We are convinced that an aggressive response coordinated through the IMF will lead to more positive economic and humanitarian results than would otherwise be possible. Beyond the serious human impact of the pandemic, we agreed today that the economic repercussions will be severe, particularly for emerging markets and developing countries.”

4. B-ROLL: Cuts, Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director
5. B-ROLL: Head on, Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesperson

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director

“We simply cannot take social cohesion for granted. We got a lot of support from the membership to help countries’ efforts in calibrating their social policies to reduce inequality, protect vulnerable people, and promote access to opportunities for all. We are in this crisis together and I am so encouraged by the strength of unity that this meeting has demonstrated.”

7. B-ROLL: Cuts, Splitscreen IMF Studio, Lesetja Kganyago
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director IMF

“With regard to private sector debt, unanimously the IMFC members joined this call for private creditors in the context of low-income countries debt standstill to join with the same reflection on terms. And of course, we are very mindful that in this crisis we do need everybody to chip in so we can prevent a risk of unnecessary insolvencies, either at the level of the private sector or when we talk about the capacity of governments to stay strong.”

9. B-ROLL: Head on, Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesperson
10. B-ROLL: Wide-Shot IMF Studio
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lesetja Kganyago, Chairman IMFC

“We have utilized IMF facilities before. One facility, which was the contingency financing facility: that was in our transition to democracy when we were faced with a drought and we needed to import grain, we were approved to the IMF for that facility.”

Washington, DC – Recent
12. B-ROLL: Washington D.C. streets and Exterior IMF
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