Productive discussions with Egypt says IMF
Cairo, January 8, 2013
Discussions on the economic on financial challenges facing Egypt were productive, said a senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who visited Cairo yesterday.
“I have held productive discussions today with President Mursi, Prime Minister Kandil, and Egypt’s economic team on the economic and financial challenges now facing the Egyptian economy,” said Masood Ahmed, director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department
Ahmed met with President Mohamed Mursi, Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, Central Bank of Egypt Governor Farouk El Okdah, Finance Minister Al-Mursi Hegazy, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ashraf Al-Araby, and other officials.
“They expressed their firm commitment to articulate and implement a homegrown macroeconomic program that enjoys broad support and addresses these challenges. The authorities also reiterated their request for financial support from the IMF for such a program,” he added.
“The IMF remains committed to support Egypt in addressing its increasing economic challenges and moving to a more inclusive model of economic growth through a socially-balanced homegrown program.
“I am encouraged by the authorities’ commitment to take steps necessary to achieve fiscal and external sustainability. Following our discussions today, and based on the work that is to be carried out, we agreed that an IMF technical team would visit Cairo in the coming weeks to resume discussions on possible IMF financial support,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service