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The statement said that in response
to a request from Suriname, an IMF
mission led by Ali Alichi held virtual
meetings over the
past several months to
discuss IMF financial
support to the authorities’
He said if approved by the IMF
executive board, US $57.5 million
would be immediately available to the
Dutch-speaking Caribbean Community
Alichi said that Surinamese government
faced a difficult situation when
it assumed office with high inflation,
low international reserves, a large fiscal
deficit, and significant fiscal and
balance of payment financing needs.
“The already serious economic situation
was further exacerbated by the
challenges arising from the Covid-19
pandemic and volatility in the terms
of trade,” he said.
Alichi said a significant effort
will be made to improve governance,
strengthen the framework to counter
money’ laundering and tackle corruption.
Trinidad and Tobago will receive a
gift of 100,000 vaccines from China
Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh
made announcement recently.
He added that some 33,000 Astra-
Zeneca vaccines will also be arriving
this week from the COVAX Facility.
Deyalsingh told a press briefing
that the World Health
had given the approval
to the Sinopharm Beijing
.The minister of health said this
batch together with the gift of 40,000
doses from India could now fully vaccinate
60,000 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley
noted that T&T has an application
inside with the African Medical Supplies
T&T has vaccinated more than
60,000 people so far. There are 13,355
cases with 212 deaths.
— Compiled by Azad Ali
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