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IMF's Georgieva seeks 'peer pressure' on countries to abide by global trade rules

IMF's Georgieva seeks 'peer pressure' on countries to abide by global trade rules
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Saturday that IMF members discussed ways to increase “peer pressure” on countries to follow and improve global trade rules to reduce growth-sapping uncertainty.

Georgieva told a news conference at the IMF and World Bank annual meetings that U.S.-China trade tensions were a major topic of discussion at the gathering of financial leaders.

“We need to look into reasons on why we are not making more progress on trade. It’s not just about U.S.-China,” she said. “The understanding was (the need for) building more peer pressure for everybody to play by the trade rule-book, and be willing to expand and improve this rule-book.”

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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