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IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn Will Visit Latin America

May 14, 2010

The IMF wants to hear first-hand from stakeholders in South America about their concerns and interests, and their suggestions about how the IMF can serve the region better.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn will travel to Brazil and Peru from May 25-28 to meet with government leaders, leading figures from the private sector, and with students and academics as part of efforts to engage more closely with stakeholders in the region. He will also meet Finance Ministers from the Americas in Lima on May 28 for the “Third Meeting of Finance Ministers of the Americas and Caribbean.”

“Latin America is a region brimming with energy and promise,” Mr. Strauss-Kahn said. “In this post-crisis world, Brazil, Peru and the other emerging economies in the region are well positioned to build on their recent strong macroeconomic track record, and to engage prominently in the global economic policy debate. This visit will present an opportunity for key players to share their insights on the challenges and opportunities facing the world. This region can and must help shape the global policy agenda, including on IMF reforms. The visit will also underscore the IMF’s commitment to serving as a global partner for Latin America,” he added.

IMF Dialog with Latin American Students

The IMF wants to encourage students of the region to participate in an interactive dialog where they are given the opportunity to make a difference within their community, their country, and their region. To facilitate this process, the IMF has a website for university students from Peru and other countries in the region with instructions to participate in this dialog. The objective of this initiative is to engage with the next generation of leaders, to get their perspectives on key economic issues, and to motivate their thinking at an early stage on policy measures that will be needed to preserve economic stability and secure sustainable growth and significant poverty reduction in the region.

In partnership with Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Consorcio de Investigacion Economica y Social (CIES) and El Comercio in Perú, the IMF is inviting students from the region to submit questions to the Managing Director of the IMF, Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, about the global economy, regional economic issues, the role of the IMF, and concerns about their own economic future.

Participation Details

Students interested in participating may submit up to three questions on the topics above. Questions should be submitted via e-mail to by May 14, 2010.

Anonymous questions will not be accepted. All of the questions submitted will be reviewed, and ten questions will be selected. The students who submitted these questions will then be invited to attend a Town Hall meeting in Lima, Peru on May 27 where, alongside other students from universities in Peru and other countries, they will have the opportunity to ask their question directly to the Managing Director.

IMF’s Western Hemisphere Director Nicolás Eyzaguirre presenting the IMF's Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere in Montevideo, Uruguay, May 4, 2010. (IMF Staff Photo)

Latin American journalists and IMF staff during the press conference of the IMF’s Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere in Montevideo, Uruguay, May 4, 2010.