The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, criticized the International Monetary Fund on Thursday for
"suffocating" the Argentine economy
due to the demands required to meet foreign debt obligations.
It was during a speech at the New Development Bank, the development bank of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), as part of their tour of China.
"Countries cannot be suffocated
as Argentina is now doing with the IMF
and as they did with Brazil and other countries," Lula said when celebrating the inauguration of former President Dilma Rousseff at the helm of the NDB.
Lula defended trade and financing in local currencies
without the use of the dollar
and vindicated the NDB as a way to
become independent from the "moorings" of traditional financing organizations
, referring to the IMF and the World Bank.
"No ruler can rule
with a knife to his throat
because the country is a debtor. The multilateral banks should put tolerance in each renewal of agreements. The dream of creating the BRICS was to create a development instrument," Lula said. at the headquarters of the Global South Development Bank, located in Shanghai, on the first day of his China tour.
In addition, he criticized the way in which the countries got into debt
just to cover the financial account
and not allocate loans from the IMF or private banks to motorize development or infrastructure.
"All countries can borrow, of course. But to carry out works, assets that were not there before, to have more production capacity. We want to see that world from now on, not the world of those who think that the geniuses who think about the economy and then
they want the State to save the bankruptcy of the banks"
, he assured.
Lula cited the case of the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008 in the United States and the recent crisis of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse.
"They gave lessons in wisdom and Switzerland had to
invest 8% of its GDP to save private banks
," the former metallurgical leader lashed out.
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