Keeping the Balance

International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its board will consider granting US$ 160 million in emergency assistance and said the country needs to focus on maintaining macro economic balance and financial stability. International Monetary Fund (IMF) said its board will consider granting US$ 160 million in emergency assistance and said the country needs to focus on maintaining macro economic balance and financial stability. But the IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director Ann Krueger, in an exclusive interview with LBR also said macro economic priorities might have to take a back seat in the initial relief phase.

LBR: Why lenders like the IMF are not talking responsible monetary and fiscal policy before pledging emergency aid?

AK: Whenever disaster strikes there is an initial period where you need to keep people alive. Initially we need supplying things like shelter, food and water. Even if it makes some macro imbalance it is worth it. But on the other hand that phase is not one way where you will run into macro economic difficulties.

Right now clearly those are the first priorities. I am impressed. The people of Sri Lanka have to be commended; schools are opening, an impressive