Press release - 15.01.2014
Moldova, IMF to negotiate new assistance programme
Prime Minister Iurie Leanca today met representatives of the International Monetary Fundís (IMF) mission.
In the beginning of the meeting, the prime minister reviewed the measures undertaken by the government to ensure financial stability and economic growth in Moldova.
The head of the IMF mission, Max Alier, said the Fund highly appreciated the evolutions of the macroeconomic indexes of Moldova, and was willing to provide the country with assistance within a new programme.
The official stressed that the impressive economic growth got in 2013 had been due not only to the good results in agriculture, but also to the adequate economic policies promoted by Moldova starting from 2009.
Thus, in the next two weeks, a team of IMF experts will have meetings with more representatives of the authorities, as well as the private sector. The sides will discuss structural reforms and the needed measures to ensure financial stability in Moldova.
Max Alier specified that the new programme would be focused on three main objectives: ensuring the fiscal and budgetary sustainability, maintaining a prudent monetary policy and strengthening the financial sector. The programme is likely to be signed for a 15-month period.
Attending the meeting were Deputy Prime Minister, Economics Minister Valeriu Lazar, Finance Minister Anatol Arapu, Labour, Social Protection and Family Minister Valentina Buliga, Agriculture and Food Minister Vasile Bumacov, Government Secretary General Victor Bodiu and Governor of the National Bank of Moldova Dorin Dragutanu.