FILE PHOTO – International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde gestures during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
January 25, 2019
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Friday that she will recommend that the Fund’s executive board approve a fourth review of Egypt’s $12 billion loan program, a move expected to unlock a $2 billion disbursement.
Lagarde said in a statement that the board will meet in coming weeks to discuss the review. She commended Egyptian authorities for reforms that have put the country’s budget deficit on a declining trajectory, and that have helped to reduce its unemployment rate to 10 percent, the lowest since 2011.
(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)