Moldova & IMF IMF Activities Publications Press Releases

Limba romana                                                                         Russian

February 7, 2007

Johan Mathisen
IMF Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova



A mission from the IMF’s European Department, headed by Mr. Thomas Richardson, will work in Chisinau from Wednesday, February 21, to Wednesday, February 28, 2007.

The main task of the IMF mission is to take stock of the past performance of the government and the National Bank in meeting commitments under the PRGF[1] program, and to assess the macroeconomic outlook for 2007 in the light of recent developments such as the increase in gas prices, as well as the outlook of resuming wine exports to Russia. On the structural side, we expect that the focus of the program will continue to be on three areas: continued financial sector reform, improved fiscal management, and structural reforms designed to improve the business environment.

Аs usual, Mr. Richardson and his team will hold a short press briefing at the end of this visit.


[1] The PRGF is the IMF's concessional facility for low income countries. PRGF loans carry an annual interest rate of 0.5 percent, and are repayable over 10 years with a 5.5-year grace period on principal payments. On May 5, 2006 IMF’s Executive Board approved the PGRF arrangement with Moldova in the total amount of about US$118.5 million, the first tranche of which – about US$17 million – was transferred to the National Bank of Moldova in mid-May 2006. On December 15, 2006 IMF’s Executive Board approved an increase in the size of the loan to about US$167 million. The second disbursement was approved for an amount equivalent to about US$ 48.2 million.