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Argentina to get more IMF funds, won't default — Macri

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — President Mauricio Macri said Monday that crisis-hit Argentina will receive additional funding from the International Monetary Fund, and vowed to avoid a default.

“We are going to have more support from the IMF, although I cannot say how much because negotiations are ongoing,” said Macri, whose government agreed on a three-year, US$50-billion rescue lending programme with the IMF in June.

“There is no chance that Argentina will default,” he added at an event hosted byBloomberg televisionin New York.

The IMF said last week that its team of negotiators in Buenos Aires had made “important progress” on the economic reforms needed to strengthen the programme supported by the Washington-based crisis lender.

An IMF spokesman said a budget proposal submitted by Macri's government was a key element in the reforms needed for a new loan package, while adding that there was still no time frame for finalising the aid.

While the proposed austerity budget has been welcomed by the IMF, it has sparked street protests in Argentina.

Macri, who is in New York to attend this week's UN General Assembly, said he was trying to restore economic confidence.

“We are working with the IMF team and we'll present something that will bring confidence, more confidence than what we've had in the last 10 days when markets have turned around and things are moving better,” he said.

“It's a very clear monetary policy that will show where we are going, that will show that we are really going to drop dramatically down the inflation, and our needs for financial external support.”

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