IMF Managing Director Archive

Macroeconomics After the Great Recession

Opening Remarks by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the Seventeenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference November 3, 2016 Good morning. I am delighted to welcome you to the IMF’s 17th Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference. Introduction Our annual event is by now one of the most important forums for macroeconomic researchers and policy makers

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Welcomes the Extension of Zero Interest Rates on all IMF Concessional Loans

October 3, 2016 IMF interest rates on concessional lending will continue to be set at zero for as long as and whenever global interest rates are low Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), welcomed the decision taken today by the IMF Executive Board to set interest rates to zero for

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

Welcome journalists participating in the briefing, including those watching online. I would like to tell you about a decision of the Executive Board yesterday that significantly enhances our support to the countries in Africa hit by Ebola, as well as other low income countries that may be affected by public health disasters in the future.

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Ukraine

March 12, 2014 Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today in Washington, DC, following a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “Today, I met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mr. Arseniy Yatsenyuk. We had a productive discussion regarding policies needed to put Ukraine

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement after a meeting with H.E. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in Washington today: “It was a pleasure to meet Prime Minister Dung and his delegation. We had productive discussions on the progress Vietnam has

Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the G-8 Leaders Summit

June 18, 2013 Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), issued the following statement today at the conclusion of the Group of Eight (G-8) Leaders’ Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland: “I would like to thank the G-8 leaders, including the host of this year’s summit, UK Prime Minister David Cameron,

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Meets President Xi Jinping, Other State Leaders, and Participates in Boao Forum for Asia

April 8, 2013 Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today made the following statement in Boao, Hainan Province: “It has been a great pleasure to be back in Asia and in China, on the occasion of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia. I had the privilege

IMF Executive Board Completes First and Second Reviews Under Extended Fund Facility Arrangement for Greece and Approves €3.24 Billion Disbursement

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first and second reviews of Greece’s economic performance under a program supported by a four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) arrangement for Greece. The completion of the review enables the disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 2.798 billion (about €3.24 billion or US$4.3

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Calls for Greater Regional Economic Cooperation in Asia

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, highlighted today the increasing leadership role that Asia plays in the global economy—and in the IMF. “During the dark days of the global financial crisis, it was Asia that kept the flame alive, accounting for about two-thirds of global growth, she said in a speech on

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Names Alejandro Werner as Director of the Fund’s Western Hemisphere Department

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), named today Mr. Alejandro Werner to the position of Director, Western Hemisphere Department. His appointment will become effective early in January 2013. Mr. Werner succeeds Mr. Nicolas Eyzáguirre, who resigned effective July 26, 2012. “Alejandro Werner has extensive public policy experience and a deep understanding of