Natia Turnava: First woman to head Georgian central bank wants to end IMF rift

Georgia’s acting central bank governor said the country is ready to soon revive a $289 million Bloomberg Terminal program with the International Monetary Fund that was halted earlier this year amid questions about threats to the regulator’s independence and local enforcement of sanctions.

“Our common understanding and strong will is to get the program back on track as quickly as possible,” Natia Turnava said in her first interview with an international news organization. While the timeline for restoring things to “normal” is not yet clear, Turnava said she hopes it can happen in the “next few months.”