IMF Pakistan / Lebanon / Somalia / Equatorial Guinea




12 Dec 2019


Washington, DC, United States



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

Washington, DC --- 12 December 2019
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“In the case of Equatorial Guinea, the governance and anti-corruption elements of the possible program, again, are very important. We very much appreciate the concerns in this area expressed by civil society and others. And the program which is to be discussed with our executive board, that has not happened yet. The governance and the anti-corruption elements, that will be a very important part of that. For their part, the government of Equatorial Guinea has committed to adopt and implement a national strategy to improve governance and fight corruption. And again, that strategy will be a key plank of the program, of any program that would go forward between the IMF and Equatorial Guinea.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We support the position of the international support group for the urgent formation of a new government to immediately implement a comprehensive and credible plan to restore economic stability. And on the IMF part I can tell you that we are open to supporting the authorities with technical advice as desired by Lebanon.”
7. Reporter cutaway
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“We are working with Somalia to secure and with our members, I should say, working with our members to secure the financial resources necessary to clear the arrears to the IMF currently owed by Somalia. And importantly to cover the costs of debt relief. And I can tell you that the board will meet on this issue on December 18th, next week, to agree on how to finance the Fund's contribution to debt relief for Somalia. So, this has been a priority issue for us in terms of trying to help Somalia. And this board meeting next week on this issue is, I would call it, an important step forward.”
9. Midshot briefing cutaway
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“So, we had the preliminary assessment from staff after that mission to Pakistan and the board will meet to discuss that first review on Thursday, December 19th. So, that's next week. What that indicates, just to try and answer the question a bit more, what that indicates is that all prior actions and performance criteria under the program with Pakistan have been met. And that the financing assurances needed for the program to go forward are in place.”
11. Cutaway Reporter

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