IMF Bi-Weekly Briefing



The IMF has laid out its key priorities for its Executive Board during the upcoming year in its Work Program. The Fund will make fighting corruption and good governance a cornerstone of policy. And the IMF is continuing to work with Ukraine to push forward land reform.
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3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alfred Kammer, IMF Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department:
“The Work Program helps set out the priorities for the Fund’s membership and helps shape the Executive Board agenda over the next 12 months. In line with the Fund’s strategic priorities this work program focuses on three areas that are relevant for our membership: how to support measures to sustain the recovery, lift productivity and increase resilience; How to promote sustainable policies to support a more sustainable and inclusive global economy; And how to facilitate multilateral solutions to meet global challenges.”
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5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alfred Kammer, IMF Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department:
“As you know tackling corruption is a priority for the Fund. It effects economic efficiency, inequality and macro-stability and frankly, tackling corruption is the right thing to do. Toward this end we have a big paper going to the Board tomorrow on the role of the Fund in governance issues preliminary considerations. This will be followed by a second paper in April on the same topic that will propose principles and guidelines to better quantify and enhance the Fund’s role on this important issue.”
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7. SOUNDBITE: (English) William Murray, IMF Spokesman:
“Land reform remains an important condition under the program but given the need to design the reforms well and to reach consensus on key steps ahead there was a need to reset its timing to later in the year. In the mean-time it is important that the authorities move ahead in the coming months with the necessary preparatory work and the timely implementation of an appropriate land reform that has potential to transform Ukraine’s agricultural sector.”

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