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IMF Hands Guatemala $594M After Inner City Press Asked of Sudan and Missing Honduras COVID Tests

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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NEW YORK, SDNY, June 10 – When the International Monetary Fund held its biweekly embargoed media briefing on June 4, Inner City Press submitted questions including on Sudan, which IMF Spokesperson Gerry Rice answered, see below.

 Now on June 10, the IMF on Guatemala issued this: "The IMF Executive Board approved Guatemala’s request for emergency financial assistance of about US$ 594 million to help the country meet the urgent balance of payments needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will provide timely resources to counter the economic and social impact of the pandemic and catalyze additional support from other development partners. The Guatemalan authorities have taken swift and comprehensive measures to contain the spread of the virus and to mitigate its economic impact."

  Inner City Press has asked the IMF, "on corruption, what are the IMF's thoughts on Honduras in light of the conviction of the President's brother for drug trafficking, evidence of campaign contributions from El Chapo, and assassination of witnesses and evidence-givers since?" And it has asked the UN, "On Honduras, immediately explain the basis of SG Guterres' May 21 statement about 85,000 COVID-19 tests to Honduras - there, people tell Inner City Press free tests have not arrived but the government is selling them for $250."

   Back on June 4 Inner City Press asked, "On Sudan, what is the status - ot's reported Sudan is seeking its first IMF  program since 2014. Agreeing the non-financial initiative in June talks and persuading the U.S. to drop its long-standing listing of Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism are key planks of the plan, FinMin El-Badawi said."

    IMF spokesperson Rice said, Matthew Lee in New York, Inner City Press, thank you for the question... He confirmed, largely, and referring to COVID-19 in Sudan. Full answer on video here. Transcript here; "for a question on Sudan from Matthew Lee, up there in New York, Inner City Press. Thank you, Matthew. "On Sudan," Matthew asks, "What's the status? It's reported that Sudan is seeking its first IMF program since 2014," etc.

 At least the IMF answers Press questions. We'll have more on this - watch this site. 


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