June 14, 2022
Press Statement by IMF
Deputy Managing Director
Okamura, Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave
the following remarks today at a joint press briefing with Prime Minister of
Moldova Natalia Gavrilița in Chișinău.
“Good afternoon. Buna ziua.
Thank you, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița, for your kind words and warm
I am honored and deeply moved on my first visit to Moldova — a country with
which the IMF has a rich and longstanding partnership.
Today, I would like to pay tribute to the heroism of Moldova and its people.
Despite enormous challenges, you are playing a historic role, leading by
example and opening your homes and hearts to Ukrainian refugees. Moldova
deserves strong support from the international community.
We at the IMF are proud to stand with Moldova, support your government’s
efforts, and work to deepen our excellent cooperation.
On May 11, the IMF Executive Board approved additional financial assistance
to Moldova to help your country address the challenges from the war in Ukraine,
encourage additional external financing, and provide needed support to the most
That’s the IMF’s focus–to help our member countries and the people impacted.
We are working day and night to help as much as we can: for Moldova and for all
our member countries. “
To that end, Prime Minister Gavrilița and I had very productive and positive
discussions. I was pleased to commend the government for its strong fiscal and
monetary actions amid the very difficult circumstances of war and inflation.
Energy subsidies and pension increases implemented by the Prime Minister’s
government helped support the most vulnerable Moldovans. I would also like to
applaud the government’s unwavering commitment to its vital governance reforms.
Thank you again, Prime Minister, for your hospitality. I very much look
forward to working with you and your colleagues to further strengthen our
partnership on Moldova’s economy and reform agenda.”