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IMF Answers Inner City Press on Transparency While UN Refuses Questions on South Sudan Covid

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SDNY COURT / UN GATE, May 7 – When the International Monetary Fund held its biweekly embargoed briefing on May 7, Inner City Press submitted questions about transparency, Cameroon, Yemen, Gabon, Bahamas and South Sudan.

   IMF Spokesperson Gerry Rice to his credit not only read out and answered Inner City Press' transparency question - unlike today's UN - he answered questions about a range of countries in Africa, and Sri Lanka.

  Inner City Press asked, after its question on Cameroon, "What does the IMF say to the recommendation that it it should consistently apply transparency and anti-corruption measures to all loans, such as requiring governments to conduct independent audits and publish procurement plans, including the names and beneficial owners of all companies awarded contracts? What is the IMF doing / hearing regarding South Sudan, where many COVID-19 questions are emerging? "

    Gerry Rice described the IMF's policies now on its recent loans (transcript and video to follow), and described pending requests from Egypt and Sri Lanka, among others.

He also took questions from a range of journalists, unlike today's UN Secretariat which has the same 12 state media and retirees and pretends it has received no other questions.

Also on May 7, Guterres' UNMISS Mission in South Sudan refused Press questions about COVID-19. This while Antonio Guterres' Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed bloviates about international finance, eying a post at the AU. We'll have more on this.


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