IMF Biweekly Press Briefing



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

Washington, DC --- 01 November 2018
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We expect those discussions to begin on November the 7th. So an IMF staff mission will go to Islamabad and initiate discussions with the authorities. And, of course, the objectives of that program to help stabilize the Pakistan economy, put in place the preconditions for sustained inclusive growth, and modalities of that would be announced once we've reached a staff level agreement.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Clearly the name of the game now is implementation. So we have the program agreement. We have the measures agreed. And I think the momentum has begun. There's been good progress so far, but it's early days. So I think the name of the game is implementation. And again, just to answer your question, I think what I would say is that for the IMF, we're confident that steady implementation of the policies that underpin this program together with strong support from the international community will indeed allow Argentina to return to macroeconomic stability and to fulfill its economic potential for the benefit of all Argentines, of course, which is the objective. So again, now it's implementation. There's been good progress and we expect that to continue.”
7. Midshot briefing cutaway
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“On the whole question of buyback and so on, it's a decision for the Greek authorities to make obviously, and that's in the context of they're a liability management strategy. They certainly have a range of options and that's one of them. But again, I don't have the details. What -- I mean, what I'd also say is that in Greece is in a strong position following the decision by the European Partners on additional debt relief and the buildup of a large cash buffer supported by the final ESM disbursement. So, it can afford to be a patient in a way in terms of coming to the decision, which again is, it's a prerogative.”
9. Cutaway Reporter

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