IMF Bi-Weekly Briefing



The IMF says that it stands ready to help nations impacted by Hurricane Irma, that it is fully supportive of Greek efforts to get on a path of sustainable growth, and that it urges a reduction in tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Washington, DC – Recent
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Washington, DC --- 14 September 2017
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4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Of course the IMF has tremendous sympathy and has been saddened by what happened in the region and reports of lives lost and the property damage from Hurricane Irma. She [MD Lagarde] said we stand ready to help our members in the aftermath. There are a number of options that we can look at in that context. But at the moment we are still trying to make an assessment. We are working with the authorities on that and working with our partners on that in terms of trying to get a handle on the impact.”
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6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“The IMF, and I think everyone else is in fact acting in good faith to try and support Greece and get Greece back on a sustainable path. The IMF as you know has devoted a very large amount of resources – financial and otherwise – to the Greek program over the years. So I think any question of the IMF’s commitment, the IMF’s seriousness, the IMF’s support for Greece I think is really beyond question.”
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8. SOUNDBITE: (English): Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“The way she [MD Lagarde] put it was that we see every downside in the escalation of tensions and every upside in trying to resolve those tensions and in trying to re-establish certainty rather than uncertainty. So I’m almost quoting her there. More broadly what she said in Korea recently was that it’s encouraging to see that South Korea and the region remain resilient and beyond that it is difficult to speculate on the possible economic impact of further geopolitical tensions in the region at this stage.“
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