Mr. Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), will travel to Saudi Arabia (October
23-24), Lebanon (October 24-25) and Egypt (October 25-26) to
meet with leaders and to hold consultations with authorities on
regional economic developments. This will be Mr. de
Rato's first visit to the Middle East region since becoming
Managing Director of the IMF in June 2004.
The visit to the Middle East will provide the Managing
Director with an opportunity to discuss the region. In addition
to meetings with leaders and authorities in Saudi Arabia,
Lebanon and Egypt, Mr. de Rato will meet in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia, with finance ministers and central bankers from the
six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In Lebanon, the
Managing Director will also participate in the inauguration of
the IMF's Middle East Technical Assistance Center, which is
located in Beirut.