Georgieva Faces Five Challenges in Second IMF Term

FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during an interview during a G20 Financial Summit, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 27, 2024. REUTERS/Carla Carniel/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during an interview during a G20 Financial Summit, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 27, 2024. REUTERS/Carla Carniel/File Photo
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Georgieva Faces Five Challenges in Second IMF Term

FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during an interview during a G20 Financial Summit, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 27, 2024. REUTERS/Carla Carniel/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during an interview during a G20 Financial Summit, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 27, 2024. REUTERS/Carla Carniel/File Photo

European countries have thrown their support behind Kristalina Georgieva, the current head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for another five-year term starting Oct. 1.
This endorsement comes just before the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, where global financial leaders gather between April 15th and 20th. Georgieva's reappointment was unanimously agreed upon by the IMF's Executive Board.
Georgieva has been leading the IMF since 2019, after temporarily heading the World Bank in 2017. Before that, she represented Bulgaria in the European Union for six years.
In 2021, there were accusations of data tampering during her time at the World Bank, but she was cleared by the IMF.
Over the past five years, global crises like coronavirus pandemic and geopolitical tensions have created economic uncertainty, especially for low-income countries.
Georgieva faces uncertainties in her new term, including:
Growth Outlook: Global growth remains modest despite recent improvements, with concerns about inflation and rising debts.
Price Stability: Central banks need to decide when to lower interest rates to stabilize prices.
Debt Levels: Governments' efforts to tackle the pandemic have led to significant debt increases, posing challenges.
Geopolitical Tensions: Political conflicts add to the risks of global economic instability.
China's Situation: China's struggles with its economy, including a real estate crisis and weak global demand, impact global growth.
Georgieva emphasizes the IMF’s dual mission: to provide financial support to those in need, especially low- and middle-income countries, and to unite members to address global challenges for the sake of future generations.



Saudi Arabia to Sell 0.64% Aramco Stake

Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters
Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters
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Saudi Arabia to Sell 0.64% Aramco Stake

Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters
Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares. Reuters

Saudi Arabia is selling a 0.64% stake in oil giant Aramco, a statement said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia is offering 1.545 billion Aramco shares and the offering period will commence on June 2.

The price range is expected to be between SAR 26.70 and SAR 29.00 per share.