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New IMF loan raises questions

IMF, International Monetary Fund

Business Standard Editorial Comment Mumbai

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Last week, representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Ukrainian government reached what is known as a staff-level agreement about a line of financing for the literally embattled Eastern European country. This is unprecedented, given that the IMF has not ever previously made a loan to a country that is in a state of war. It is not as if this question does not frequently arise — Ethiopia, to take just one example, could have benefited from more flexibility about lending to those at war. The IMF’s commitment is of $15.6 billion; Ukraine is, as it happens, already

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First Published: Mar 28 2023 | 11:11 PM IST

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