The Straits Times
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Published on Oct 11, 2012
 

Action needed from rich countries on global economic woes: IMF

 
 

TOKYO (REUTERS) - The IMF prodded the world's rich countries for swifter action on Thursday as Europe's debt crisis drags on while the United States and Japan show scant progress handling their budget deficits.

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said political wrangling added to economic uncertainty, slowing growth in both advanced and emerging economies. The IMF cut its global growth forecast this week for the second time since April.

"We expect action and we expect courageous and cooperative action on the part of our members," Ms Lagarde told reporters ahead of the IMF's twice-yearly meetings in Tokyo.

The slowdown has not spared emerging market economies, which were instrumental in pulling the global economy out of recession in 2009. Brazil cut interest rates on Wednesday and South Korea on Thursday.