IMF Coronavirus / Lebanon




30 Jan 2020


Washington, DC, United States



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

Washington, DC --- 30 January, 2020
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We would also expect that much of these effects could be temporary and be reversed once the virus retreats. As roads and airports open up again, people go back to work, and firms make up for lost business. So again. You know, a lot of uncertainty and very difficult to quantify. And the overall impact on the Chinese economy will depend on how long it will take before we we get to that point of reversal.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“If it's a small impact on China, the relative impact on the rest of the global economy would be smaller. Here we're looking mostly at a reduction in the number of Chinese people traveling abroad. The slowdown in imports, along with domestic economic activity. And given the close ties, China's close ties with the region, Asia would likely be most effect affected.”
7. Cutaway Reporter
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Clearly, the authorities are taking this very seriously, and China is a large economy with the resources and the resolve to effectively meet this challenge. We think it's very helpful that the authorities, the Chinese authorities are working closely with the World Health Organization and others, including by sharing information about the disease and the measures taken.”
9. Cutaway Reporter
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“China has the fiscal space to act if needed. It will also be important to make sure that households and firms have access to credit, too. To bridge over any temporarily difficulties. And again, this is something that Chinese authorities have indicated they will be doing.”

11. Midshot of news conference
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“There's been no request for financial assistance from the Lebanese government government to the IMF. However, we are providing technical assistance. So no financial assistance. But we are providing technical assistance, which means, you know, economic advice.”

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