Egypt seeks aid from IMF amid virus-inflicted downturn

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Egypt is seeking an aid package from the International Monetary Fund to offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli said Sunday.

In a televised press conference with the central bank governor and other ministers, Madbouli did not specify the size of the one-year financial aid package the government was seeking from the IMF alongside technical assistance.

He said the loan would be negotiated “within days”.

In a statement Sunday, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said Egypt’s request would be presented to the Fund’s executive board “within the next few weeks”.

But she struck a clearly supportive tone, saying Cairo had “responded quickly and decisively” to limit the spread of the virus and support affected people and businesses.

Georgieva added that “the Central Bank of Egypt has also implemented timely measures to support the domestic economy.” (AFP)

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