IMF deputy MD to visit Chad and Ivory Coast

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Mit­suhiro Fu­ru­sawa, Deputy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund (IMF), will visit Chad and Cote d'Ivoire on Fe­bru­ary 21-27, to en­gage with pol­i­cy­mak­ers and other stake­hold­ers in both coun­tries and to un­der­line the strong re­la­tion­ship with the in­sti­tu­tion's African mem­ber coun­tries.

The visit to Chad will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to reaf­firm the close re­la­tion with the coun­try over the last few years. In N'Dja­mena, Mr. Fu­ru­sawa will meet with Pres­i­dent Idriss Déby Itno and other se­nior of­fi­cials, the pri­vate sec­tor, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the civil so­ci­ety.

"I very much look for­ward to pro­duc­tive meet­ings with Pres­i­dent Déby and his teams as they ad­dress im­por­tant chal­lenges, no­tably the com­bined ef­fects of a sharp and per­sis­tent de­cline in in­ter­na­tional oil prices and el­e­vated re­gional se­cu­rity threats," Mr. Fu­ru­sawa said ahead of the trip. "De­spite th­ese chal­lenges, the eco­nomic per­for­mance has been broadly sat­is­fac­tory and the Fund stands ready to con­tinue to pro­vide fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to help Chad tackle its im­me­di­ate chal­lenges and achieve its de­vel­op­men­tal as­pi­ra­tions," Mr. Fu­ru­sawa added. In Cote d'Ivoire, the Deputy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor will meet with Pres­i­dent Ou­at­tara and Prime Min­is­ter Kablan Dun­can, as well as pri­vate sec­tor ex­ec­u­tives, civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and stu­dents.

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