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  • MINSK, March 5- Belarus wants to ask the International Monetary Fund for a new financing programme, Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Yermolovich said on Thursday. The former Soviet republic's economy has been battered by a plunge in the Russian rouble and the conflict in Ukraine. Belarus received a $3.5 billion standby loan from the IMF in 2009-2010 in the...

  • MINSK, March 5- Belarus wants to ask the International Monetary Fund for a new financing programme, the country's Finance Ministry said on Thursday. An IMF mission is due to arrive in Minsk on Thursday. The ministry also said that it is "technically ready" to issue new Eurobonds.

  • *Ukraine parliament has okayed IMF-backed budget changes. *G7 powers see IMF board approving Ukraine bailout. IMF chief Christine Lagarde cautioned that what she called the "huge distraction" of fighting against pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine complicated the provision of aid, but she was in no doubt that Kiev was now "really determined to reform."

  • BERLIN, March 4- Finance ministers from the Group of Seven leading economies praised Ukraine's new draft budget and economic reform package on Wednesday and said it should put the country on track for support from the International Monetary Fund. "This legislation makes significant progress toward implementing the prior actions on a new economic reform...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday that an infusion of financial support for Ukraine and its impact largely hinges on how the security crisis over Russia's actions in Ukraine is resolved. In an interview on MSNBC, the International Monetary Fund's managing director said the fighting in eastern...

  • ATHENS, March 2- Greece's government sought to assure its creditors and investors on Monday that it can cover its funding needs this month, including repaying a 1.5 billion euro loan to the International Monetary Fund. Athens is running out of options to fund itself despite striking a deal with the euro zone in February to extend its bailout by four months.

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Yanis Varoufakis also said...

  • AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said Saturday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Yanis Varoufakis also said...

  • Armenia's GDP growth slows to 3.4 pct in 2014 Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 7:16 AM ET

    YEREVAN, Feb 27- Armenia's gross domestic product growth slowed to 3.4 percent in 2014 from 3.5 percent in 2013, and was down from an initially projected 5.2 percent, the National Statistics Service said on Friday. It also belongs to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Eurasian Union, a bloc he hopes will rival the European Union. The International Monetary Fund...

  • ACCRA, Feb 26- Ghana and the International Monetary Fund reached agreement on Thursday on a three-year funding deal they hope will restore fiscal stability to an economy hailed until recently as an African star. For years Ghana's economy grew at around 8 percent on the back of gold, cocoa and oil exports and it was rated one of the most attractive countries in...

  • IMF reaches staff agreement with Ghana on $940 mln loan Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:29 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The International Monetary Fund staff has reached agreement with the government of Ghana for a roughly $940 million loan to help the African nation stabilize itself after three years of declining economic growth and ballooning debt. "Ghana experienced three difficult years characterized by declining economic growth, increasing...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday said it was ready to assist Ukraine with its foreign currency issues, amid a steep fall in the country's hryvnia currency. The IMF also said it was still waiting for Ukraine to complete prior actions before it could bring the loan program for approval to its board. But it emphasized that the funds...

  • Papaconstantinou, who served under former socialist premier George Papandreou in 2009-2011, showed no emotion as he appeared before a special court in Athens. They are among the names of holders of HSBC accounts in Switzerland obtained by France in 2010 when Christine Lagarde, now the International Monetary Fund chief, was the country's finance minister.

  • ATHENS, Feb 25- Greece has no immediate problem with government liquidity, but faces trouble in making debt payments to the IMF and European Central Bank in the spring and summer, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Wednesday. A finance ministry official said on Tuesday that Greece expected to start discussions immediately with its EU/IMF partners on...

  • ATHENS, Feb 24- Greece expects to start discussions immediately with its EU/IMF partners on filling the state's funding gap, a finance ministry official said on Tuesday. Following interest payments this month of about 2 billion euros to private bondholders and official lenders, Greece must repay an International Monetary Fund loan of around 1.6 billion that...

  • Feb 24- Greece's reform plan is sufficient to continue giving the country aid but is lacking necessary detail, International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday. In a letter to Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Lagarde said the Greek list was comprehensive but "not very specific". "In some areas like combating tax evasion and corruption I am...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Portugal's government debt market is likely to benefit more than any other in the euro zone from the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme that starts next month. While Portugal's total debt is one of the highest in the bloc, having been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union during the debt crisis, its stock...

  • BERLIN, Feb 24- Greece has pledged to not roll back any ongoing or completed privatizations and ensure that any efforts to address a "humanitarian crisis" does not hurt its budget, according to a document containing its reform plans seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Athens sent the list of reforms to its European Union and International Monetary Fund creditors late on...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight that was "a valid starting point" for talks over its bailout, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout program for an additional...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece has sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout programme for an additional four months, in a deal struck with euro zone partners on...