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BUSINESS
March 10, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Argentina agreed Tuesday to make a $3.1-billion payment to the International Monetary Fund after the lender pledged to release more financing to the country. President Nestor Kirchner had threatened to miss the payment unless the IMF agreed to back Argentina's stance on restructuring $99 billion in defaulted bonds. The IMF withdrew demands not included in a lending agreement signed in September.
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WORLD
March 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
International Monetary Fund chief Horst Koehler said in Washington that he was quitting to accept the conservative nomination for the mostly ceremonial German presidency. Since the conservative parties hold a majority in the assembly that will choose the next president May 23, nomination virtually assures victory. The post would put Koehler, 61, at the center of fresh attacks on the economic record of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a Social Democrat.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2004 | From Reuters
The International Monetary Fund Wednesday urged the Bush administration to develop a plan to balance the federal budget, saying tax cuts had given the economy only a modest lift, and warning that widening fiscal deficits held dangers for domestic and global growth. U.S. policymakers will need both tax increases and spending restraint to balance the budget, the global lender said in a report, which it described as part of an annual review of the U.S. economy.
WORLD
September 11, 2003 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
Argentine officials have reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to roll over $12 billion in debt, the government said Wednesday, easing a two-year debt crisis that helped bring down three presidents. Argentina became a pariah to the international financial community when its spiraling debt and banking crisis forced President Fernando de la Rua from power in December 2001 and forced it to declare itself in default on $103 billion in public debt.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Argentina defaulted on a $2.9-billion loan owed to the International Monetary Fund, complicating efforts to restore its standing with the international financial community. It was the second time this year the nation failed to make a payment to a multilateral lender. It also missed a deadline on a $681-million payment to the World Bank in January.
WORLD
July 19, 2003 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
No one is yet talking about headway or even momentum, but talks between Argentina and the International Monetary Fund have stirred to life, bringing cautious hope that the government may soon restructure its $150-billion debt and start to shed its deadbeat status. Argentina's economy has been crawling back from its December 2001 collapse, which triggered the largest sovereign debt default in history and a peso devaluation that robbed millions of Argentines of their life savings.
OPINION
April 30, 2003
Argentina stands with one foot on the edge of salvation. The other is stuck on the muddy path that leads deeper into a political and economic Hades. The South American nation plunged down that trail 16 months ago. Enraged by the government's continued belt-tightening and its decision to limit the amount that people could take from their bank accounts, tens of thousands of poor and middle-class Argentines ransacked stores, broke bank windows and attacked government buildings.
WORLD
April 14, 2003 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
World financial leaders acknowledged Sunday that they are in danger of losing "the other war," conceding that their failure to follow through on past pledges is contributing to global poverty, health crises and other ills. Members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank ended their spring meetings here with fresh promises to participate in the reconstruction of Iraq.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2002 | From Reuters
An International Monetary Fund team will arrive in Sao Paulo today on a quarterly mission to review Brazil's $30-billion loan package. The visit also will mark the fund's first formal dialogue with President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Although outgoing President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and his team will lead discussions with IMF-Brazil point man Jorge Marquez-Ruarte, Lula and his team will participate in talks on economic goals from Jan. 1, when his government is set to take over.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2002 | WARREN VIETH, RANDY TRICK and EDDY RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As protesters denounced the global economic regime, world leaders agreed Saturday to pursue new ways of resolving financial crises, including a groundbreaking bankruptcy court process for insolvent governments. Members of the International Monetary Fund's policy-making panel also promised to make good on an earlier pledge to contribute another $1 billion for Third World debt relief. The actions came during the first day of official deliberations by members of the IMF and World Bank.
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