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Sunday, Nov 2, 2008

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) needs hundreds of billions of dollars to protect struggling economies from the global financial crisis, according to Gordon Brown as he leads a business and ministerial delegation to the Gulf States.

With many developed countries strapped for cash, the Prime Minister wants countries with large financial resources such as China and oil-rich Gulf States to contribute to a new IMF facility aimed at keeping vulnerable economies afloat.

Mr Brown said: “If we are to stop the spread of the financial crisis, we need a better global insurance policy to help distressed economies.

“That is why I have called for more resources for the IMF – hundreds of billions of dollars on top of the $250 billion they already have available – to lend to those countries at risk of financial collapse.”

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Mr Brown has positioned himself at the forefront of the global response to the credit crisis, a move that has helped to boost the poll ratings of his out-of-favour ruling Labour Party ahead of an election due by May 2010.

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“The oil producing countries, who have generated over $1 trillion from higher oil prices in recent years, are in a position to contribute,” Mr Brown said.

“This may seem remote from the every day concerns of British families, but it is only by stabilising the world economy that we can lay the foundations for economic recovery.”

Mr Brown is leading a high level business and ministerial delegation to the Gulf States to also encourage more investment from the cash-rich region and help in steadying volatile oil prices.

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