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There’s still time to post your questions

December 15, 2010

Our one-on-one with Dominique Strauss-Kahn is just about 24 hours away.

Please join the conversation already underway.  The debate on twitter has heated up.

Amol Agrawal at Mostly Economics is taking questions from his community and will be covering the event, and yes, Mediabistro, intriguing indeed!

We’ll hand the list of everyone’s questions and comments to Chrystia tonight, so add yours now in the comments below or on Twitter with #AskDSK.


Dear Mr. Strauss-Khan.

I ama 47 year old canadian, from Greek parents and living and working in China for the past 5 years and i have many questions for you and the general “establishment” which seems to think that it knows what is actually going on in many countries, industrial or not.


How do you and your team, decide to who, which country, whos money, amount and loan details give out to a wide range of projects and needs when most of the time that you and your team is spend not on the filed or in the country with the actual problems.

Are you actually helping the country in question or simply adding a short term patch as usually and from my own experienses a substantial amount of the loan money seems to simply evaporate to special interest groups, pet projects, greed, corruption, lower grade and quality projects, overruns, etc, etc.


Jimmy Trikeriotis

Posted by Trikeriotis | Report as abusive

My question:

Perhaps this question is beyond the scope of your ability to answer, but in case you do have an opinion, here goes.

When a country in the EU is grossly abused by a corrupt government that for whatever reason bleeds its wealth dry, is there a point where the EU that corrupt government as a condition of any “bailout” funds? It appears that corrupt governments in just a few EU nations could bankrupt the EU if no controls exists to forcibly deal with extreme, shall we say, “situations.”

Posted by DisgustedReader | Report as abusive

Correction to my question in the first sentence of the second paragraph:

When a country in the EU is grossly abused by a corrupt government that for whatever reason bleeds its wealth dry, is there a point where the EU will require a complete overhaul of that corrupt government as a condition of any “bailout” funds?

Posted by DisgustedReader | Report as abusive

My question:Sir, the assigned goal of IMF is to promote high employment, sustainable economic growth and poverty eradication.
But, every thing happening in the global economy is quite the opposite.
So, how would you like to explain the negative achievements?
Regards – Amir Dewani – Florida -U.S.A.

Posted by AmirDewani | Report as abusive

Dear Mr. Strauss-Kahn,
Is it true that the IMF’s agenda is to create a globally stratified society where a small number of extremely wealthy nations and organizations are able to demand cripplingly high interest payments essentially forever from the rest of the world? And if this is not true, then do you think the IMF will change its policies soon to prevent such a situation from becoming reality?
Thank you,

Posted by 1progressive | Report as abusive

As the US continues to devalue its dollar by printing money out of thin air, at point is the international community looking to change to the SDR? China, Russia, and the UN are preparing the world to move from the dollar as it once did with the sterling, how can we prepare?

Posted by Jusaf2 | Report as abusive

Dear Mr. Strauss-Kahn,

With the European debt crisis now systemic in nature and with increased calls for the Euro member states to boost the EFSF, the IMF being one of the major proponents for such a move, if and to the extent that the Euro member states will continue to show division (or in the case of Dr. Merkel inertia) is there any chance that the IMF unilateraly will propose to match the size of the EFSF as part of its bailout effort rather than to maintain a level equal to a mere third of the total fund?

Thank you.

Posted by federick | Report as abusive

Mr Strauss-Kahn

I have a question regarding Basel 3 agreements. Different banks have different business models and different risk profiles, some of which involve investment in low risk assets. I am concerned that the enhanced capital requirements under Basel 3 might force such banks to take on greater risk to remunerate their enhanced capital structure. Is this something that concerns you and what can be done about it?

Posted by Pavesa | Report as abusive

Sir, IMF gives conditional loans to many Developing countries to increase international trade and solve their BOP problems. At the same time the Fund has put lowering poverty rates in its agenda and encourages countries to take measures to tackle this problem.

However, many developing countries suffer from high corruption rates, IMF continues its lending to these countries even though most of the funds that are aimed at improving the conditions of the poor go to pockets of corrupt officials.Many economists and empirical studies show that IMF conditionality is not working.

What are your plans to tackle this problem?

Kind Regards

Posted by EconWorld | Report as abusive

Sir. Kahn.

Where does the IMF get its fund from? Is not from the same poorer country contribution through trades, investments and other means yet you guys turns around and try to deprive the same country with highly interest rates borrowing?


Posted by ganiko | Report as abusive

Who is going to reply all the money being increasing borrowed by most of the world’s governments?

Our children? Our unborn grandchildren?? Bankruptcy???

Marco Polo Poet,
Spacecraft _Earth_

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