Sandu Met with Nancy Pelosi and Head of the IMF in Washington

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President Maia Sandu is in the United States of America. In Washington, the Head of State met with the leadership of the International Monetary Fund, as well as with the Head of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. Sandu drew their attention to the difficulties faced by Moldova and the entire region because of the hostilities in Ukraine, reports In a meeting with the Director General of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, the head of state noted the importance of cooperation with the IMF to mitigate the economic and social consequences caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Maia Sandu stressed that Moldova is currently experiencing the most serious energy crisis since its existence, and the goal of the authorities is to help people and businesses cope with high energy prices. Programs are needed, which would increase the sustainability of the sector and would contribute to the diversification of energy sources. Kristalina Georgieva said, quoted in a press release from the Presidency, that the IMF remains open for cooperation with Moldova and is ready to increase assistance to overcome the current crisis. The head of state also spoke with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the difficulties Moldova is facing, as well as solutions for the current crisis. She also met with the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, in Washington. The President thanked the United States for more than 30 years of support, including through USAID programs, to improve the lives of Moldovans. “Since 1992, with more than 1.7 billion dollars in funds earmarked for our country, the United States has helped Moldova modernize its economy by setting up small and medium-sized enterprises, agriculture – in particular the wine-making sector – and develop tourism and the light industry,” the President said. Sandu said that the U.S. partners support to avoid corruption and justice reforms, to strengthen civil society and independent media. “I also thanked for $75 million in humanitarian aid and nearly $124 million in economic and defense aid so that we can cope with the consequences of a war in a neighboring country and cope with the largest energy crisis in our history,” the President said.