Chile asks IMF for $23.8-billion credit line

Agence France-Presse
Chile asks IMF for $23.8-billion credit line
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva intends to recommend approval of Chile's request

WASHINGTON, USA – Authorities in Chile have asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a flexible line of credit of around $23.8 billion over two years, the Washington-based institution said in a statement on Tuesday, May 12.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva intends to recommend approval of the request due to Chile’s “very strong economic fundamentals, institutional policy frameworks, and track record,” it said.

A mass protest movement against Chilean President Sebastian Piñera and his government erupted last October, but has recently been tempered by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Chilean authorities intend to treat the credit line as precautionary,” the IMF said.

“This credit line helps safeguard against external shocks by providing countries with very strong policy frameworks and track records of economic performance with large, upfront access to IMF resources.”

Chile last week ordered strict new quarantine measures on 3 districts in the capital Santiago after a sudden spike in coronavirus cases.

Curfews and quarantines imposed as part of measures against the pandemic have largely calmed months of protests initially triggered by a modest rise in metro fares in Santiago.

The IMF has warned that the economic downturn due to the pandemic could hit countries such as Chile with “new protests, particularly if policy actions to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis are perceived as insufficient or as unfairly favoring large corporates rather than people.” – Rappler.com