IMF Grants $4.3 bn to South Africa to fight COVID-19

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved USD 4.3 billion to South Africa in emergency funding, the largest amount is given to any country yet to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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The funds “support the authorities’ efforts in addressing the challenging health situation and economic impact of the COVID-19 shock”. South Africa is the worst-hit country in the continent with over 4,50,000 cases. The pandemic is evolving in South Africa at a challenging time. With severe structural constraints to growth, economic activity has weakened over the last decade despite significant government spending, resulting in high unemployment, poverty, and income inequality.

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  • Headquarters of IMF: Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Managing Director of IMF: Kristalina Georgieva.
  • Chief Economist of IMF: Gita Gopinath.
  • Membership Countries of IMF: 189 countries.
  • Capital of South Africa: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein.
  • Currency of South Africa: South African Rand.
  • President of South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa.

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