A mission of the International Monetary Fund will visit Sofia during September 23 - October 4, 2010 to hold regular bilateral discussions on economic policies with the Bulgarian authorities.
The mission will be headed by Ms. Catriona Purfield, who has recently assumed mission chief responsibilities for Bulgaria. This will be Ms. Purfield's first visit to the country. Mr. Tonny Lybek, IMF's Regional Resident Representative in Bulgaria and Romania will participate in the meetings.
The mission will meet with officials from the Ministry of Finance, the Bulgarian National Bank, other governmental agencies, as well as representatives from the private sector, including banks and industry, unions, and non-government organizations.
At the beginning of March the International Monetary Fund projected Bulgaria's budget deficit to stand at 1,8% of gross domestic product this year, which totals nearly BGN 1,2 B.
The Washington-based global lender forecast this year's inflation at 2,2%, economic growth at 0,2%, and the current-account gap at 5,5%.
A month later however the center-right government dropped its plans for applying for ERM II after raising the alarm that the 2009 budget gap was 3.7% of gross domestic product rather than the 1.9 % due to unaccounted procurement deals.