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STORY: IMF / CYCLONE IDAI US FED TUNISIA
TRT: 2:43
SOURCE: IMF
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 MARCH 2019, WASHINGTON DC

SHOTLIST:

FILE – WASHINGTON DC

1. Wide shot, IMF building exterior

21 MARCH 2019, WASHINGTON DC

2. Wide shot, Rice approaching podium
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, Spokesperson, International Monetary Fund (IMF):
“Our solidarity is with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Our condolences go to the families and friends of those affected by this terrible disaster and an IMF staff team is now in Maputo to evaluate options for possible IMF support.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, Spokesperson, International Monetary Fund (IMF):
“On the Fed move, given the range of global uncertainties facing the US economy, we support the Fed’s decision to be patient in determining future changes to the Federal funds rate. The Federal Reserve’s continued adherence to the principles of data dependence and clear communication, we believe will help to minimize any market disruptions and spill overs from its policy decisions.”
7. Close up, journalist
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gerry Rice, Spokesperson, International Monetary Fund (IMF):
“We believe Tunisia has made important progress in several fields and is experiencing a modest recovery, however, the economy remains vulnerable, deficits and debt are at large, inflation is high, and foreign exchange reserves are low. We support the Tunisian Government’s efforts to strengthen the microeconomic policies and reforms in support of job creation and growth, and we hope that this will yield more positive results for the people of Tunisia; and in this context, also important is providing social protection for the vulnerable and we see that as a priority. So, in short, you know, we are looking to be a good partner to Tunisia, to support Tunisia, and we also are encouraging the international community to step up to help Tunisia more in its efforts.”

FILE – WASHINGTON DC

9. Close up, IMF building exterior

STORYLINE:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has dispatched a team to Mozambique to aid in efforts to help the economy recover in the wake of devastating Cyclone Idai, Fund spokesperson Gerry Rice announced today (21 Mar).

Referencing IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Rice said, “Our solidarity is with the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Our condolences go to the families and friends of those affected by this terrible disaster and an IMF staff team is now in Maputo to evaluate options for possible IMF support.”

The IMF also announced a 100 percent matching program for all staff donating to relief efforts for the region.

Rice also expressed support to the US Federal Reserve on its decision not to raise rates in 2019. He added that the US economy is generally strong, but “given the range of global uncertainties facing the U.S. economy, we support the Fed’s decision to be patient in determining future changes to the Federal funds rate. The Federal Reserve’s continued adherence to the principles of data dependence and clear communication, we believe will help to minimize any market disruptions and spill overs from its policy decisions.”

Turning to Tunisia, Rice said the IMF was encouraged by steps the country has taken to stabilize its economy while ensuring adequate resources are available for social safety net programs.

He said, “We believe Tunisia has made important progress in several fields and is experiencing a modest recovery, however, the economy remains vulnerable, deficits and debt are at large, inflation is high, and foreign exchange reserves are low.”

Rice added, “We support the Tunisian government’s efforts to strengthen the microeconomic policies and reforms in support of job creation and growth and we hope that this will yield more positive results for the people of Tunisia and in this context, also important is providing social protection for the vulnerable and we see that as a priority.”

Rice concluded that the IMF was “looking to be a good partner to Tunisia, to support Tunisia, and we also are encouraging the international community to step up to help Tunisia more in its efforts.”

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