MEXICO CITY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it expects Central America to avoid a recession in 2009 despite strong U.S. ties.
Alfred Schipke, IMF representative for Central America and mission chief for El Salvador, told Reuters he saw public spending and inter-regional trade helping Central America compensate for failing remittances from the United States.
About half of the region's trade is with the United States, which is facing a prolonged recession, but the IMF applauded careful financial management in the region.
"Growth will slow but we don't see a recession," Schipke said.
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