Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Economy: Argentina supports call for alternative global reserve currency

Xinhua repoerts Argentina's Central Bank President Martin Redrado said on Monday that his country supports China's proposal on creating an alternative global reserve currency to replace the U.S. dollar.

"We have been talking (with China) that we clearly need to seek alternative currencies because our world is becoming more multilateral," Redrado told Xinhua on the sidelines of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) governors assembly.

"Clearly the dollar has suffered an important punch and alternatives are needed," Redrado said.

"Argentina will work with China in the framework of the G20 and in other multilateral forums to seek this kind of alternatives," Redrado said.

Venezuela's Finance Minister Ali Rodriguez told Xinhua that it is necessary to create a new currency for international settlements, considering the weakening dollar and uncertainties of the U.S. economy.

A new international currency will facilitate trade amid the current situation, said Rodriguez, noting that Brazil and Argentina already use local currencies in bilateral trade.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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