PIMCO co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian said in a radio interview early Tuesday that the global economy was more vulnerable with International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn in jail on sexual assault charges.
“The risks [of instability] are definitely higher for the global economy than before the news [of the arrest] broke on Saturday,” El-Erian (left) told NPR news. “The IMF is engaged in some very delicate issues around the globe, and without Strauss-Kahn, it’s a very different IMF.”
Such matters include talks over the sovereign-debt crisis affecting peripheral euro-zone nations, as well as support for countries in the Middle East that have recently experienced political turmoil, according to El-Erian.
Strauss-Kahn, El-Erian says, has been a strong leader at the IMF during the financial crisis, and his impact should not be minimized. “The financial crisis gave the Fund an opportunity to start reasserting itself on the global stage, and Strauss-Kahn grabbed that opportunity,” he explained.
As a result of Strauss-Kahn’s assertiveness, the oversight of the world financial system by the IMF was enhanced, El-Erian argues.