IMF US Tariffs / ECB / Ukraine



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

Washington, DC --- 08 March 2018
2. Walk-up news conference
3. Reporters cutaway
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“While the U.S. administration has announced its intention to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum a formal adoption of such tariffs is still pending, and I think that's important to say because in that context, you know, it's going to be very important to learn the details of such a measure, including, you know, the scope of the products affected, whether any training partners would be exempt, and whether there might be some flexibility in either the use of tariffs or import quotas.”
5. Cutaway Reporter
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“I mentioned that the Managing Director had commented and she said just the other day in a trade war no one wins. And, you know, I think, again, in that spirit we encourage the U.S. and its trading partners to work constructively together, to reduce trade barriers, and to resolve trade disagreements without resorting to exceptional measures.”
7. Midshot briefing cutaway
8. Cutaway Reporter
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“The ECB has again underlined its commitment to maintaining strong monetary accommodation. Rates will remain low, well past the horizon of net asset purchases, and net purchases can be extended beyond September if necessary. The decision today to drop an explicit reference to possible future increases in the monthly pace of the ECB’s net asset purchases reflects an improving balance of risks. So, we are supportive of the ECB decision today.”
10. Cutaway Reporter
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, IMF Spokesman:
“Further progress needs to be made on delayed measures that are necessary to achieve the program objectives, including in the energy sector and fiscal policy, as well as I just mentioned the anti-corruption efforts. So what I can tell you is that these discussions are continuing and will continue in the coming weeks.”

Washington, DC – Recent
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