IMF Board OKs $50B Argentina Loan 06/21 06:14
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund
has approved a three-year, $50 billion stand-by arrangement for Argentina.
The IMF says Wednesday's decision allows Argentine authorities to
immediately receive $15 billion, and that half of that amount will be used for
budget support. The remaining $35 billion will be available over the duration
of the arrangement, subject to quarterly reviews.
President Mauricio Macri announced in May that his government was seeking a
financing deal with the IMF following a sharp devaluation of Argentina's
currency and a tough global economic outlook.
That decision rekindled bad memories for Argentines who blame the IMF's
austerity policies then for the country's worst economic crisis in 2001.