IMF calls for building of fiscal buffers to boost growth

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, has called on member countries to re-start building of fiscal buffers in order to deal with a projected global below projection growth.

She spoke at a press briefing at the on-going Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington DC, yesterday.


According to her, “Global economy has shown remarkable resilience, and appears headed for a soft landing. But buffers have been eroded, growth prospects are lackluster, and vulnerable countries are at risk of falling further behind.

“While inflation has fallen, it remains above target in many countries. Against this background, the key policy priorities are to: (i) rebuild buffers; (ii) revive medium-term growth; and (iii) renew the IMF’s commitment to ensure that our policies, lending toolkit, and governance are fit for purpose. “

The MD also tasked central banks to “finish the job on inflation, carefully managing its descent to target.”

Central banks across the globe have been largely raising interest rates, in an attempt to fight inflation.

Georgieva said: “With a soft landing in sight, policymakers’ focus needs to shift to fiscal consolidation to safeguard public finances. Reviving growth prospects will require accelerating structural reforms and joint efforts by countries to tackle transformational challenges.

“Firmly grounded in its mandate, working with its members, and in partnership with other international organisations, the IMF will continue to serve its members with policy advice, financial lifelines, and capacity development to help safeguard their economic and financial stability, a foundation for inclusive and sustainable growth.”

On the crisis in some parts of the world, the MD said that the Israel-Gaza war had overshadowed terrible suffering and pain in Sudan, Yemen and other such nations.