IMF Argentina / Brexit / Yemen




13 Dec 2018


Washington, DC, United States



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

Washington, DC --- 13 December 2018
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Our view is that the authorities' revised and strengthened economic plan is in fact yielding positive results. I won't comment in terms of your question on stock markets going up and down on a daily basis, but broadly financial markets we feel have stabilized the deficit. The fiscal deficit has been tackled decisively.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“I think they all agreed that they key is now implementation and keep going forward with the program. So our view is that with this kind of implementation that there will be a return of confidence and indeed will lay the basis for a return of growth. So we think progress is being made. It's a difficult challenge, of course, that Argentina and the people of Argentina are facing, but the authorities have demonstrated a clear commitment and are implementing the program and we're going ahead with the Board meeting next week, which will be on more positive step.”
7. Reporter cutaway
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“All likely BREXIT outcomes will entail costs for the UK economy by departing from the frictionless single market that exists today. And the higher the impediments, the higher the cost. So, and again, we've said this for some time, an agreement that minimizes uncertainty and trade barriers will be the best to support growth. And, you know, we've also said, I think I said here also a few weeks ago, that the hard BREXIT or the no deal BREXIT, leaving without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship with the EU is the most significant near-term risk to the UK economy.”
9. Midshot briefing cutaway
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“What can the IMF do? Well, we are actually providing technical assistance to the Yemeni Central Bank to identify its main capacity gaps. We are also supporting the authorities and donors in identifying measures that would help mitigate the situation there, including by facilitating imports of basic food staples and paying civil service wages in the whole of Yemen.”
11. Cutaway Reporter

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