Log in
E-mail
Password
Show password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON
News: Latest News
Latest NewsCompaniesMarketsEconomy & ForexCommoditiesInterest RatesBusiness LeadersFinance Pro.CalendarSectors 
All NewsEconomyCurrencies & ForexEconomic EventsCryptocurrenciesCybersecurityPress Releases

IMF chief Georgieva to visit DR Congo, Senegal this week

12/07/2021 | 02:26am EST
FILE PHOTO: COP26 in Glasgow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal this week, with a focus on how the global lender can best support Africa as it deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IMF said.

Georgieva will travel on to Africa from Brussels, where she addressed a meeting of the Eurogroup on Monday.

The IMF's managing director will meet with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, who is completing his tenure as chair of the African Union, and incoming AU chair, the Senegalese President Macky Sall, as well as civil society groups and business leaders, an IMF official said.

While in Dakar, Senegal's capital, Georgieva will also visit the Institut Pasteur bio-medical research center, https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/africas-covid-vaccine-project-takes-step-forward-with-bottling-agreement-2021-08-05 IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said on Twitter. The center is working with U.S. and Belgian companies to become a fully-fledged maker of coronavirus vaccines for Africa.

The IMF in October forecast that sub-Saharan Africa's https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/REO/SSA/Issues/2021/10/21/regional-economic-outlook-for-sub-saharan-africa-october-2021 economy would expand by 3.7% in 2021 and 3.8% in 2022, a welcome reversal after a sharp contraction in 2020, but still the slowest recovery relative to other regions.

One huge ongoing source of concern is the lag in vaccination rates between advanced economies and developing countries. Only 102 million people, or 7.5% of the African continent's population, are fully vaccinated https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/covid-shots-are-finally-arriving-africa-cant-get-them-all-into-arms-2021-12-06, according to the World Health Organization, which has warned that vaccine inequity will prolong the pandemic.

Climate change and using carbon credits to keep forests standing will be a big focus during Georgieva's talks with Tshisekedi, the official said.

"If we put a good surveillance system in place, the revenues from carbon can be higher than the revenues from logging," the official noted.

In Senegal, Georgieva will meet with the incoming AU chair about the continent's recovery and vulnerabilities, including high levels of sovereign debt.

She is also due to meet virtually with African finance ministers while in the region.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

By Andrea Shalal


ę Reuters 2021
Latest news "Economy & Forex"
02:21pShell to supply crude to Pemex's Texas refinery under long-term pact, sources say
RE
02:21pCFTC U S COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION : Chairman Rostin Behnam Announces Executive Staff Appointments
PU
02:18pU.S. assesses Russian retaliation potential should it be cut from SWIFT -senator
RE
02:18pBargain-hunting buoys Wall Street after Nasdaq correction
RE
02:15pFed lays out risks and benefits of a CBDC in paper, takes no policy stance
RE
02:11pNO VAX, NO MEAL : Some Polish restaurants impose entry curbs amid criticism of light-touch rules
RE
02:08pCalifornia's battle to cut emissions with biofuels burns in new truck engines
RE
02:07pU.S. consumer watchdog to scrutinize for-profit colleges' student loan programs
RE
02:07pLeon Black accuses former Apollo partner of attempting 'coup'
RE
02:04pU.S. FAA approves 78% of planes for low-visibility landings near 5G
RE
Latest news "Economy & Forex"