IMF Bi-Weekly Briefing




30 Nov 2017


Washington, United States

Edited Package
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Washington, DC --- 30 November 2017
2. Walk-up News conference
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Zimbabwe faces severe economic challenges on a number of fronts. So, restoring growth will require concerted efforts to tackle the fiscal deficit, to complement that with structural reforms, and so on.”
4. Cutaway Reporters
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We stand ready to support the authorities in their efforts to design policies that can indeed restore stability and growth. And moreover, in addition to a strong and coherent reform program we see a concerted international effort will be required to revive and reintegrate the Zimbabwean economy.”
6. Cutaway Reporter
7. SOUNDBITE: (English): Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“An IMF financial arrangement, for example, would only be possible after progress in resolving Zimbabwe's arrears to other international financial institutions and other creditors.”
8. Reporters Cutaway
9. SOUNDBITE: (English): Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify the IMF has never recommended reducing food subsidiaries in Tunisia under the current program. I just wanted to clarify that. Efforts to reduce the budget deficit and avoid high public debt from an increasing further should focus, we believe, on limiting the growth of the public wage bill; reducing energy subsidiaries; and implementing tax reforms that distribute the burden of adjustment more equally among the population. We believe public investment and social spending should be protected.”
10. Reporters Cutaway
11. SOUNDBITE: (English): Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“There's a need for a balanced assessment of crypto currencies. In our view, crypto currencies, including ICOs; including the initial claim offerings should be subject to appropriate regulation and supervision. A key challenge for country authorities would be to contain risks without stifling the innovation associated with crypto currencies.”

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