Is It A Yes? IMF Delegation Arrives In Minsk On Unplanned Visit

Photo: BelTA

Photo: BelTA

The head of the IMF Mission to Belarus Peter Dohlman arrived with a one-day visit to Minsk on 16 March. He met with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, the presidential press service has informed.

The visit took place at the invitation of the Belarusian leader.

“Thank you for arriving in Belarus and for coming here at my request to discuss one or two issues,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

He underlined that he did not invite IMF officials for negotiations as they are held by the relevant specialists. “I would like to discuss a couple of issues that are very important for me and for the country,” the head of state said.

The president added that the topic of the dicsussion will be useful and informative, and will make the IMF more aware of the situation in the country.

The current visit of Peter Dohlman and his colleague Bas Bakker, Division Chief of the Emerging Europe Regional Division, is not part of the schedule of the visit of the IMF missions to Belarus.

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The loan program between Belarus and the IMF is almost ready to be signed. The Belarusian authorities have been negotiating a $3 billion loan at 2.28% per annum for a period of ten years. In return, the creditors insist on liberalization of the Belarusian economy and elimination of cross-subsidies.

As First Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Matyushevsky noted in February, the program is ready, and its signing is a matter a political decision.