(EFE) – Argentine Economy Minister, Martin Guzman, He will leave this evening, Saturday, for Washington to participate in multilateral meetings and continue negotiations with them International Monetary Fund to refinance millionaire debtOfficial sources confirmed to Efe.
In Washington, Guzmán plans to participate next Tuesday in the meeting of finance ministers and central bank heads of the Group of Twenty. He will attend the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, which will be held between Monday and Saturday.
The Argentine minister also has other activities on the agenda, including meetings with investors in New York, but one of the The focal points of his trip to the United States will be to continue talks with the International Monetary Fund.
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“The goal is to continue to progress in the negotiations with the IMF, as important steps have already been taken, but there are still issues to be worked on”Official sources commented to Efe.
Executive Director Alberto Fernandez intends to reach an agreement on an extended facility with the International Monetary Fund, with lower interest rates and repayment terms for at least 10 years.s, to refinance the debt contracted with the Agency from the Financial Assistance Agreement concluded in 2018, during the government of Mauricio Macri (2015-2019).
who – which The agreement provided for the provision of loans to the South American country amounting to 56.3 billion dollars, of which finally $44.2 billion, religion , Because of the application of interest and changes in the exchange rate, it amounted to 45,455 million dollars last AugustAccording to the latest available official data.
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Last September, Argentina, which faces complex macroeconomic imbalances and lacks access to financing in international markets, It canceled the first major payment stipulated in the agreement, amounting to 1.88 billion dollars.
To counter this expiration, Argentina has resorted to a portion of the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) in the total amount of 4,334 million dollars that the International Monetary Fund itself transferred last August to the South American country. As part of the agency’s global decision to boost global liquidity affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Argentina also plans to use the SDR to settle the next capital maturities with the International Monetary Fund, also for $1.88 billion.scheduled for next December.
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but From now on, the Argentine government asserts that the country does not have the ability to pay heavy obligations Set out until 2024 in the 2018 Readiness Agreement.
As agreed three years ago, Argentina is set to pay the body, between capital and interest, $19,020 million next year, $19,270 million in 2023, and $4856 million in 2024.