IMF Pakistan / Brexit / US Shutdown




17 Jan 2019


Washington, DC, United States



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

Washington, DC --- 17 January 2019
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
1. “IMF staff are continuing discussions with the Pakistani authorities, with our counterparts, toward reaching an understanding on policy priorities, on reforms to stabilize the economy and lay the foundations for sustainable and inclusive growth. So that's where we are. We've had the formal request for financial assistance, we followed up with that and the discussions continue.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
2. “Perhaps what I would say is the longer the shutdown is in effect the bigger effect, impact it will have on the economy. So we encourage the U.S. authorities in both congress and the executive branch, to work together in the spirit of compromise to pass a funding bill that can reopen the federal offices.”
7. Reporter cutaway
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“As we see it, all likely Brexit outcomes will entail costs for the UK economy because they involve departing from that frictionless single market with the European Union that exists today. And then we've said that the higher the impediments, the higher the cost.”
9. Midshot briefing cutaway
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Leaving without a withdrawal agreement, the so called no deal Brexit, so leaving without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship with the EU is the most significant near-term risk to the UK economy as we see it.”
11. Cutaway Reporter
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