Guatemala and IMF Agree on Higher Fiscal Deficit

The Government and the IMF agreed on a fiscal deficit of up to 3.4% of the GDP in 2009.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An IMF mission visiting Guatemala that ended August 14th, remarked that "the global economic crisis had a negative impact on Guatemala and the region. A GDP drop of 0.4% is expected, with risk of dropping even further".

From "Before the visit by the IMF, the government had committed with the entity to a deficit of no more than 2.8%, according to the last stand-by agreement, signed April 22".

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"By 2012, economic growth is projected at 2-2.5 percent, supported by increased domestic investment."

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IMF Grants $950 Million Credit Line to Guatemala

March 2009

The 16-month line of credit will strengthen the country’s international position and monetary reserves.

Gabriel Lopetegui of the IMF said that "it is a precautionary agreement that is not expected to be used, but it is there to serve as a shield for the country."

An article in elPeriódico of Guatemala indicated that the funds could be used to "address balance of payments issues such as capital flight, devaluation or a sharp drop in foreign exchange earnings."

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