Representatives from the International Monetary Fund will meet Monday with Finance and Treasury Minister Hernán Lacunza, as well as the economic team of Frente de Todos presidential candidate Alberto Fernández.
An IMF mission team arrived in the country Saturday as concerns about Argentina’s economy cast doubt upon the future of its record US$56-billion bailout. The trip is technically scheduled as the fifth review of Argentina’s IMF credit line, and the government already reached its fiscal targets for June that are under consideration this time.
The chief of the IMF mission's team, Roberto Cardarelli, and the Fund’s Western Hemisphere director, Alejandro Werner, met with Lacunza and Central Bank chief Guido Sandleris on Saturday. The group discussed the government’s economic perspective, according to statements by the government and the IMF. No other details were provided.
Lacunza then saw the representatives again on Sunday.
The ongoing visit by the financial institution is set to determine if it is willing to disburse another US$5.3-billion of the loan in September.
While the visit will determine the fifth revision of the Fund’s line of credit, and furthermore the government reached it’s fiscal goals in June, the potential revision is anything but ordinary, according to Bloomberg.
The economic landscape in Argentine changed dramatically since the IMF’s last revision in June. After President Mauricio Macri’s 15-point loss in this month’s primary vote, the peso has weakened 18 percent and the prospects for a default are far more likely.