Weekly Review of Slovene Economy from January 17 to 24

Ljubljana, 24 January - The government has in the last period dedicated four fifths of its time to economic issues, Prime Minister Janez Drnovšek told a news conference on Friday, specifically mentioning the debate on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) report, which according to a government economic panel assessment "told nothing new" and basically drew from domestic assessments. He noted that central attention in the public was not given to the report's main point, which calls for faster changes in the financial and monetary sectors. Interest rates in Slovenia are too high, said Drnovšek, announcing a meeting on this topic next week with the central bank governor and other central bank officials and economic ministers.

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