IMF expert says Greece could exit economic crisis by 2013

21:31, August 06, 2010      

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Greece could exit its economic crisis by 2013, an International Monetary Fund economist said Friday.

Poul Thomsen also told the Greek daily "To Vima" that Athens should strengthen its efforts to diminish wide spread tax evasion and boost state revenues.

"There must be decisiveness on improving the tax collection mechanism. It is a matter of political will," Thomsen said. "You can't implement a program of fiscal discipline, throwing all the burden to pensioners and employees."

Thomsen heads a group of European Union- IMF auditors who monitor the Greek economy in the framework of an agreement to financially assist Greece in exchange for austerity measures and reforms.

Thomsen said the opening up of "closed" professions is one of the most important reforms Athens should make because it will have an immediate positive impact on the growth of the national economy.


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