Argentina will revamp as much as US$ 68.8 billion in foreign law bonds as it restructures its debt, the government said in a decree on Tuesday, paving the way for tense negotiations as the country looks to strike a deal with creditors this month.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday welcomed Argentina's talks with the International Monetary Fund after the heavily indebted country said it would launch consultations, starting Monday, that could lead to a new funding program.
Recession-hit Argentina's economy shrank by 2.1% in 2019, the state statistics institute said on Friday. The institute said the economy contracted by 0.3% in December compared to the same period in 2018.
An IMF team, led by Julie Kozack Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department and Luis Cubeddu Mission chief for Argentina, visited Buenos Aires from February 12 to 19, 2020 to discuss the recent macroeconomic developments and learn more about the Argentine authorities’ economic plans and policies. At the conclusion of the staff visit, Ms Kozack and Mr Cubeddu issued the following statement:
Argentine vice-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner insisted in her criticism of the IMF for the alleged violation of its statutes by awarding the previous Argentine administration of president Mauricio Macri a disproportionate credit, despite the fact the Fund rejected the accusation and ratified that no debt shaving is possible under its rules.
President Donald Trump’s administration is considering nominating a top U.S. Treasury official for the No. 2 job at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, according to people familiar with the matter.
The top American serving at the International Monetary Fund will leave his post at the end of the month amid a reshuffling of the top leadership, the fund said Friday. David Lipton, 66, who has been in the number two position at the Washington-based lender since September 2011, will be replaced by newly installed IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva in the context of changes she will be making to the leadership team, the IMF said in a statement.
IMF officials and Argentina's economy minister met in New York on Tuesday for what they called “productive” and “positive” talks as the South American nation looks for help from its main creditor to alleviate a challenging debt situation.
Argentina’s government of Alberto Fernandez is seeking to push through legislation to help solve a mounting debt crisis as the country struggles to make repayments to global creditors.
The US government has warned Argentine president Alberto Fernandez that his first actions in foreign policy could endanger both IMF support as well as US investments in the country's energy sector.