| 29 November 2023, Wednesday |

IMF expects deal with Argentina in the coming days

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated on Sunday that it expects to conclude the framework for a staff level agreement with Argentina about a review of the country’s $44 billion loan with the IMF in the coming days.

“Teams from Argentina’s Economy Ministry and Central Bank, as well as IMF staff, have completed the core aspects of the technical work for the next review,” the IMF stated on Twitter.

“The central objectives and parameters that will be the basis for a “staff level agreement” have been agreed, which is expected to be finalized in the next few days before moving towards the review of the Argentina program,” it added.

Argentina faces maturities with the IMF worth some $3.4 billion between July 31 and Aug. 1, at a time when the central bank’s net reserves are about $6.5 billion in the red.

The South American country is hoping to alter the economic goals it had agreed with the fund and bring forward some IMF disbursements scheduled for this year as it battles a severe financial crisis which a lack of reserves could exacerbate.

An Economy Ministry source told Reuters the disbursement program for the second half of 2023 has already closed and that the staff level accord could be sealed on Wednesday or Thursday.

Argentina, which is also struggling with high inflation and a significant fiscal deficit, has suffered a considerable hit to its foreign currency income due to a severe drought which crimped its principal source of exports, agriculture.

The IMF said the agreement seeks to consolidate “fiscal order and strengthen reserves,” acknowledging the impact of the drought, as well as the damage to exports and tax revenues.

  • Reuters