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IMF and Argentina reach agreement on $800 million loan program

IMF and Argentina reach agreement on $800 million loan program
By Yagiz Efe Parmaksiz
May 13, 2024 9:27 PM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiates a loan program review with Argentina, providing around $800 million in funding amid economic difficulties such as a 290 percent annual inflation rate

Monday saw the announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that its personnel had successfully negotiated a loan program review with Argentina. This agreement is anticipated to provide the Latin American country with around $800 million in much-needed funding.

The deal is made in the midst of Argentina’s continuing economic difficulties, which include a startling 290 percent annual inflation rate, slowing economic growth, and rising poverty rates. The declaration is probably welcomed by the nation’s libertarian president, Javier Milei, who into office promising to deal with these urgent problems.

Milei’s economic reform program has won acclaim from the IMF among other international organizations. The Argentine labor unions have opposed his austerity policies, nevertheless, and since his election, there have been many strikes.

Argentina has made great strides in regaining macroeconomic stability and putting the program back on track, said IMF officials. “Notable results include the first quarterly fiscal surplus in 16 years, quickly falling inflation, a turnaround in international reserves, and sovereign spreads near multi-year lows,” the IMF statement said.

As verified by an IMF spokeswoman to AFP, the staff-level agreement allows Argentina to get a reimbursement of almost $792 million, subject to confirmation by the Fund’s executive board.

Apart from economic changes, the Argentine government has stepped up initiatives to protect the buying power of pensions and to provide social assistance for vulnerable groups of people, especially young mothers and children.

Underscoring continuous attempts to solve the nation’s socioeconomic issues, IMF officials said, “Progress continues in broadening the political and societal support for these efforts and in tackling vested interests.”

Source: AFP

Last Updated:  Jun 3, 2024 5:00 PM