Antigua and Barbuda Delegation In Istanbul For IMF/World Bank Meetings

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Finance and the Economy, the Honourable Harold Lovell, heads to Istanbul, Turkey for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank which run until October 7.

Among the issues being discussed at the meetings are poverty reduction and economic management, and post-crisis growth in developing countries.

The IMF/World Bank annual meetings provide a forum for the 186-member grouping, comprising both developing and developed countries, to address social and economic issues that affect their populations. Also participating in these meetings20are various donor agencies and private sector organizations that take the opportunity to interact with delegations from the various members countries.

The team will hold bilateral meetings with the senior management of the IMF, including the Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Murilo Portugal and officials from the Western Hemisphere Department. Minister Lovell and his delegation will also meet with World Bank representatives, including the Director for the Caribbean, Ms. Yvonne Tsikata, to examine ways of assisting Antigua and Barbuda with public sector reform, social protection, and other aspects of the National Economic and Social Transformation Plan.

Hon. Harold Lovell

Minister Lovell along with his Caribbean counterparts will meet with the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and President Robert Zoellick of the World Bank.

The other members of the delegation are Financial Secretary, Whitfield Harris Jr. and Policy Co-Coordinator, Rasona Davis.

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