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Priority should be to resolve trade tensions: IMF chief Christine Lagarde

The IMF director added that global economy is showing tentative signs of stabilising and growth is projected to strengthen

Reuters  |  Fukuoka (Japan) 

Christine Lagarde
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde | Photo: Reuters

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Sunday called on the Group of 20 major economies to prioritise resolving trade tensions to mitigate risks to global growth. “We met at a time when the global economy is showing tentative signs of stabilising and growth is projected to strengthen. While this is good news, the road ahead remains precarious and subject to several downside risks,” Lagarde said in a statement after a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors.

“To mitigate these risks, I emphasised that the first priority should be to resolve the current trade tensions, including eliminating existing tariffs and avoiding new ones,” she said, adding that work is also needed to modernise the international trade system.

“This would be the best way for policymakers to give more certainty and confidence to their economies and to help, not hinder, global growth,” said Lagarde, who took part in the G20 finance leaders’ gathering in Fukuoka, southern Japan.

First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 00:51 IST
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