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IMF says Euro will survive 2012; global growth forecast lowered

Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 05:23 UTC
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Christine Lagarde: it’s a young currency but it’s a solid one 

Christine Lagarde: it’s a young currency but it’s a solid one

The Euro is likely to survive 2012 despite the debt crisis in the Euro currency zone, according to International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

European leaders will hold another summit this month to try to resolve the crisis which threatens the survival of the single currency 10 years after it went into circulation.

“Will 2012 be the end of the euro currency? I seriously don't think so. It’s a young currency, its a solid one as well,” Lagarde told journalists on a visit to South Africa.

“You have within the zone, not in relation to the currency, serious pressure and issues concerning the sovereign debt, concerning the strength of the banking system which are being addressed. But the currency itself is not one that would vanish or disappear in 2012, not at all.”

Lagarde, in South Africa as part of her first tour of the continent since taking the IMF post, reiterated that the fund would likely revise downwards its 4% growth forecast for the world economy in 2012.

Emerging markets such as South Africa have borne the brunt of global risk aversion triggered by the Euro zone crisis. Its Rand currency fell nearly 23% against the dollar last year.

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said more action was needed globally to address currency volatility resulting from the Euro zone crisis.

“Clearly the current weakness in the currency is beneficial for exporters but has the flip side effect of inflationary pressures which the Reserve Bank has to actually deal with,” he added.



Christine Lagarde: it’s a young currency but it’s a solid one

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  • ChrisR

    Well, that's OK then, when have the French ever been wrong about the Euro?

    Oh! I forgot - ALL THE FCUKING TIME.

    Jan 08th, 2012 - 06:52 pm 0
  • briton

    the sooner we get our referedum the better .

    Jan 08th, 2012 - 08:30 pm 0
  • St.John

    Christine Lagarde is not “the French” but a highly esteemed expert on national and international economy.

    ChrisR, I seem to be missiong something, so please guide me to your books and articles of national and international economy.

    List of titles:

    Jan 09th, 2012 - 02:26 pm 0
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