Source Pravda.Ru

Imf Experts Hold That Russian Economy Will Survive Oil Price Reduction To $16.5 A Barrel

Experts of the International Monetary Fund hold that the Russian economy in 2002 can survive reduction in oil prices to $16.5 a barrel and even below, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said on Thursday. He said an IMF mission that worked in Moscow came to the conclusion that Russia has a good economic basis for minimising possible consequences of oil price cuts. The IMF's estimates of possible oil prices next year are "close" to Russia's estimates, Kudrin said. "There are still steady forecasts in Russia that the national economy will grow," he said. He pointed out that, even if oil prices fall to $12 a barrel, as expected by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Russia will still be able to pay its foreign debts.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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