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Reforms to IMF hit serious deadlock: G20 official

Published on Apr 13, 2014 2:52 PM
 
This IMF handout photo shows Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney as he speaks at the G20 meeting at the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings on April 11, 2014, at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC. Reforms to the International Monetary Fund have hit a deadlock despite a declaration from global financial chiefs that they would move forward without the United States if it fails to ratify the changes by year-end, a G20 official said on Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Reforms to the International Monetary Fund have hit a deadlock despite a declaration from global financial chiefs that they would move forward without the United States if it fails to ratify the changes by year-end, a G20 official said on Sunday.

The inability to proceed with giving emerging markets a more powerful voice at the IMF and shoring up the lender's resources appeared the most contentious issue for officials from the Group of 20 leading economies and the representatives for all IMF member nations who met over the weekend.

In a final communique, G20 finance ministers and central bankers said they were "deeply disappointed" with the US delay.

"Some said that we need to give the U.S. more space," the official, who participated in the G20 talks and spoke on conditions of anonymity, said.

 
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