IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath meets PM Modi

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Gita Gopinath, the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Wednesday. This was her first meeting with the Indian head of state since being appointed as the First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) at the IMF.

The official Twitter handle of the Indian prime minister shared a photo of Modi with Gopinath as it wrote, “Chief Economist of the IMF, @GitaGopinath called on PM @narendramodi.”

The International Monetary Fund had announced earlier this month that Gopinath would take up the new role as the First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) in place of Geoffrey Okamoto, who will leave the Fund early next year.

Reacting to her appointment, Gopinath had said, “I am honored to become the IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director. With the pandemic, the work of the Fund has never been more important. I look forward to working with my brilliant colleagues to help our membership face these important challenges.”

Gopinath, who is a US national and holds OCI card, will start in her new position as FDMD on 21 January, 2022.