Statement on the 2009 IMF Article IV Consultation Mission to Zimbabwe

Press Release No. 09/60
March 5, 2009

At the request of Zimbabwe's authorities, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Vitaliy Kramarenko will visit Harare during March 9-24 to conduct the 2009 Article IV consultation discussions with Zimbabwe. The IMF conducts such discussions, which focus on a country's economic prospects and policies, with all its members on a regular basis.

The IMF mission will review Zimbabwe's economic situation and prospects and discuss with the authorities their policies to address the acute economic and humanitarian crisis facing the country. IMF staff plan to meet with Finance Minister Biti and other senior officials, as well as representatives of civil society and the financial, business, academic, and diplomatic communities. The IMF team will work closely with a parallel World Bank mission.

Following the visit, the staff team will write a report, which the IMF's Executive Board is tentatively scheduled to discuss in early May.



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