UPDATE 1-Argentina eyes Article IV review in Sept: fin min
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By Paul Kilby and Davide Scigliuzzo
NASSAU, April 9 (IFR) - Argentina will start discussions with the IMF next week on its first Article IV review in a decade, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said at a conference held by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Nassau.
"Next week we are going to have a discussion (with the IMF)... to agree on an actual schedule for the next Article IV evaluation, which will happen some time around September," Prat-Gay told the audience.
Argentina is one of only seven countries that have delayed the completion of the review for over 18 months. Its last one was in July 2006.
The prior administration had an antagonistic relationship with the Fund, often disputing its forecasts for Argentine economic growth and blaming it in part for the economic crisis following its 2001 default.
"We have no problem with people looking at what we do because we are very confident in what we are doing," said Prat-Gay, stressing that Argentina has already started a broad revamp of its national statistics agency.
"People got to the point where they gave up on statistics, they took them as cheating," he said.
The country is also discussing a pipeline of old and new programs with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which is hosting its annual meeting in the Bahamas this week. Continuación...