Rodrigo de Rato
Rodrigo de Rato

Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato on South Asia Earthquake Disaster
December 26, 2004

Bangladesh and the IMF

Letter to Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
from Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director of the IMF
December 28, 2004

Similar letter was also sent to M. Saifur Rahman, Finance Minister for Bangladesh.

H.E. Begum Khaleda Zia
Prime Minister
People's Republic of Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dear Madam Prime Minister:

Please allow me to express, on behalf of the International Monetary Fund, our deepest condolences to your government and the people of your country, especially affected families, for the loss of life experienced as a result of the tidal waves this past weekend.

As your government begins the task of dealing with the aftermath of these tragic events, our thoughts and prayers are with you. In this regard, I have asked my staff to contact your officials to find out whether we can be of any help.

Yours sincerely,

Rodrigo de Rato