IMF Approves $735 Million Loan for Costa Rica

The loan for $735 million will be available for fifteen months and will serve to back up the political strategies of the country in the face of the global economic crisis.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 reported statements by Murilo Portugal, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chairman of the Board of the International Monetary Fund: "The main economic indicators in Costa Rica are strong and reflect years of generally prudent policies. However, financial turbulence and the world economy carry risks for the country’s outlook in 2009 and 2010. The authorities' economic program seeks to preserve macroeconomic and financial stability, while sustaining growth and protecting the population’s most vulnerable areas."

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The agreement, which expires in March 2012, will enable the country to get immediate access to funds worth $196 million.

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June 2010

The International Monetary Fund recommended the country’s Central Bank to accelerate the transition to an inflation targets system and implement greater flexibility in the currency exchange rate.

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IMF Approves US$790 Million Stand-by Arrangement for El Salvador

March 2010

IMF approved a 36-month, US$790 million Stand-By Arrangement for El Salvador to help the country mitigate the adverse effects of the global crisis.

The new arrangement, which the authorities intend to treat as precautionary, will succeed the 15-month SBA approved on January 16, 2009.

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