By Taban Tom Henry
The IMF Deputy Chief for African Affairs Cathy Patillo paid a courtesy visit to President Salva Kiir Mayardit over the weekend.
She informed the head of state during their meeting on Saturday that a high-level delegation of global finance experts with the IMF will be visiting South Sudan this week.
The meeting between President Salva Kiir and the IMF’s Deputy Director for Africa Affairs Department was centered on the financial needs of South Sudan in face of the global inflation caused by the internationally condemned Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to office of the President.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Dier Tong Ngor, national Minister of Finance and Planning said a team of IMF experts will be visiting the country next week to meet with the financial institutions of the country to design social safety nets to protect vulnerable households.
On her part Ms. Cathy Patillo said IMF is ready to extend necessary support to help South Sudan government in responding to the global economic challenges such as food prices, inflation and food security.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Finance and Planning Dier Tong Ngor and the Executive Director in the office of the President James Deng Wal.
The meeting also focused on matters of public financial management and reforms in the country.