Lagarde in discussion with Sheikh Mohammed.
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Reforms will help UAE adjust to lower oil price: IMF chief
DUBAI, February 14, 2017
Gradual fiscal consolidation and vigorous implementation of structural reforms in the UAE, including those underlying Vision 2021, will help the economy adjust to the lower oil price environment, promote further economic diversification, and boost productivity, said IMF managing director Christine Lagarde.
Lagarde, in a statement issued following her recent visit to the UAE said: "“It has been a great pleasure to visit the UAE again and engage with its leaders and people. During my visit, I met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Excellency Obaid Humaid Al-Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, and other senior officials. We had constructive discussions about the global economy, the outlook for the region, and the UAE economy.
“During my meetings, I complimented the UAE authorities on their sound policies," she said.
“At the World Government Summit, I had the opportunity to engage with policymakers and private sector leaders on future global and regional developments. I shared the IMF’s latest assessment of the global outlook and risks, and participated in stimulating discussions on challenges in economic diversification and the use of new financial technologies.
“In my speech at the opening of the Arab Fiscal Forum jointly organised by the Arab Monetary Fund and the IMF, I stressed the importance of developing a medium-term strategy for generating higher and more predictable government revenues in Arab countries to finance spending that promotes growth, equity, and inclusiveness," said Lagarde.
“I also had the pleasure of interacting with representatives of the private sector, women leaders, and young innovators operating from the UAE.s. I was inspired by their innovativeness, dynamism, and determination to respond proactively and thoughtfully to challenges.
“The IMF enjoys a strong relationship with the UAE authorities. I reiterated the IMF’s readiness to continue to help the authorities through a policy dialogue tailored to the needs and circumstances of the UAE economy,” she added. - TradeArabia News Service