IMF to launch virtual mission to Belarus to gather data on economy

 IMF to launch virtual mission to Belarus to gather data on economy

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Saint Petersburg, Russia July 13, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it would begin a virtual mission to Belarus, amid concerns raised about the global lender’s disbursement of new emergency reserves to the government of president Alexander Lukashenko.

The staff mission is part of the IMF’s economic surveillance and monitoring mandate and aims to gather more information about the economic developments in Belarus and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an IMF spokesperson said.

The mission will begin Monday, said a source familiar with the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly.

It comes days after the leaders of Russia and Belarus agreed to set up a unified oil and gas market and to deepen economic integration in the face…

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