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Argentina pays IMF $370 mn in debt interest

Argentina on Friday paid $370 million to the IMF as interest on a $44 billion debt that was rescheduled late last month, officials said.

The Central Bank’s bulletin showed international reserves of $37.18 billion at the end of the day, a difference from the day before corresponding to the amount paid out Friday.  It was the second payment of the year by
Argentina, after a transfer of approximately $700 million last Friday, the day that the rescheduling announcement was announced, report AFP.

Argentina and the IMF announced a week ago an agreement in principle on a renegotiation of the country’s $44 billion debt in return for economic

Under the new deal, Argentina has committed to progressively reducing its fiscal deficit from three percent of GDP in 2021 to 0.9 percent in 2024.

The gradual reduction — to 2.5 percent in 2022 and 1.9 percent in 2023 –would “not prevent the recovery” of the economy, Economy Minister Martin Guzman said last week.