New IMF boss visits Nigeria
International Monetary Fund, IMF, Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, will visit Nigeria and Niger from December 18 to 22, on her first trip to Africa since her appointment earlier this year. Ms. Lagarde will hear from policymakers, African private sector, and civil society about the challenges facing African countries and underline IMF’s commitment to further reinforce its partnership with Sub-Saharan Africa. She said: “I am very much looking forward to my first visit to Africa as Managing Director of IMF. Africa is a vital part of IMF’s membership, and listening to the voices of the region, and strengthening our partnership is one of my key objectives. “African economies have made significant progress over the last few years. However, the world economy is in a critical phase and in these difficult times we have to make sure we all work together to tackle the challenges facing all IMF member-countries in Africa and around the globe.” In Abuja, Ms. Lagarde will hold a series of meetings with the nation’s leadership, includin President Goodluck Jonathan and Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In Lagos, she will take part in a round-table discussion on Africa’s Future: Responding to Today’s Global Economic Challenges, alongside the private sector, academia, civil society organisations and research institutes. In Niger, Ms. Lagarde will meet with President Mahamadou Issoufou and take part in a cabinet meeting focused on The Challenges of Economic Development in Niger. She will also address the National Assembly and meet with representatives of the financial institutions and the private sector.