MINSK, Belarus – Belarus says it wants a $3 billion loan for 10 years from the International Monetary Fund and is considering some economic reforms.
President Alexander Lukashenko said at a government meeting that in talks with the IMF, he "didn't say no" on raising the pension age, tariff changes or wages.
That comes less than a month after Lukashenko rejected calls for structural economic reforms during his swearing-in ceremony.
Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov says the IMF loan could have an interest rate of 2.28 percent.
An IMF delegation visited Belarus on Nov. 9-20 for talks with the government. The IMF said at the time that the negotiations made "considerable progress in discussing a set of policies" to underpin a three-year program under the IMF's extended fund facility.