사우디아라비아가 국제통화기금, IMF의 구제금융기금 조성에 참여할 것이라고 영국의 고든 브라운 총리가 밝혔습니다.
나흘 일정으로 중동 지역을 순방 중인 브라운 총리는 현재 사우디아라비아의 수도 리야드를 방문하고 있습니다.
브라운 총리는 사우디 방문에 이어 카타르를 방문할 예정입니다.
브라운 총리는 석유가 풍부한 중동 국가들에게 IMF가 수천억 달러의 자금을 지원할 수 있도록 후원해줄 것을 촉구했습니다.
IMF는 이미 아이슬랜드와 헝가리, 우크라이나 등에 대한 긴급 구제 금융을 승인했으며 금융 붕괴 위기에 처한 다른 나라들을 돕기 위한 회담을 계속하고 있습니다.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
said he expects Saudi Arabia to contribute money to the International Monetary
Fund, to help troubled economies survive the global financial crisis.
Mr. Brown was in the Saudi capital, Riyadh today (Sunday)as part of a four-day tour of the region that takes him next to Qatar.
The prime minister called on oil-rich Middle Easern states to boost the IMF's cash supplies by "hundreds of billions of dollars." He said Asian nations, particularly China, should contribute as well.
The IMF has already granted emergency loans to Iceland, Hungary and Ukraine, and is in talks to help other countries at risk of financial collapse.
Mr. Brown also said volatile oil prices are in no one's interest, and contribute to the destabilization of the world economy. He was critical of a recent decision by the oil cartel OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Nations)to cut oil production due to a fall in prices.
In Turkey Saturday, the World Economic Forum concluded a three-day conference on the financial downturn. Participants at the gathering in Istanbul came to a general consensus that the slowdown will last between 18 months and three years.
Top economists and bankers said its severity and length will depend on cooperation between governments and financial institutions.
In India Saturday, the central bank cut its key interest rate for the second time in two weeks to help the country's economy.
The action follows similar moves in other countries, including the United States, Japan and China. More rate cuts are expected in Europe and Australia.
Later this month, U.S. President George Bush will host a meeting of the Group of 20 (the world's most developed and developing economies), that will try to figure out what caused the current economic slump and what can be done about it.