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Posted On: 2 November 2008 08:35 am
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England demands Gulf saves world economy

Khalifa Al Haroon
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) needs hundreds of billions of dollars to protect struggling economies from the global financial crisis, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday. With many developed countries strapped for cash, Brown wants countries with large financial resources such as China and oil-rich Gulf states to contribute to a new IMF facility aimed at keeping vulnerable economies afloat. "If we are to stop the spread of the financial crisis, we need a better global insurance policy to help distressed economies," Brown said, as he led a business and ministerial delegation to the Gulf states. "That is why I have called for more resources for the IMF - hundreds of billions of dollars on top of the $250 billion they already have available - to lend to those countries at risk of financial collapse." Brown has positioned himself at the forefront of the global response to the credit crisis, a move that has helped to boost the poll ratings of his out-of-favour ruling Labour Party ahead of an election due by May 2010. "The oil producing countries, who have generated over $1 trillion from higher oil prices in recent years, are in a position to contribute," Brown said. "This may seem remote from the every day concerns of British families, but it is only by stabilising the world economy that we can lay the foundations for economic recovery." Brown is leading a high level business and ministerial delegation to the Gulf States this weekend to also encourage more investment from the cash-rich region and help in steadying volatile oil prices. "The Gulf states are an increasingly important source of inward investment to the UK," Brown said. "As long as they play by our rules and operate in a commercial manner, we welcome investment from sovereign wealth funds in the UK." This week, British bank Barclays took an injection of capital from Qatar and Abu Dhabi to repair damage from the credit crisis and as an alternative to seeking government help. Business minister Peter Mandelson and energy minister Ed Miliband, along with leaders from big British firms such as Rolls Royce and Centrica, are accompanying Brown on the trip, which government aides insist is not a begging mission for investment. Britain's economy is nearing its first recession since the early 1990s and foreign investment could help speed up its recovery. Details of Gulf investment in renewable energy technologies are expected this weekend. "Gulf oil and gas revenues have provided masses of finance for the region but will now also be used to help kickstart the British green energy revolution," Miliband said. "The Gulf states recognise the UK too has natural assets like wind to offer investment opportunities for them." (Reuters) Note: Gordon's a prat. He asks the Gulf for money while he sits idle when the Gulf itself feels a pinch. The Gulf makes money out of oil, so automatically we are resonsible for saving the economies that were supposed to be the safest. Then he says 'Play by our rules'. If he even thought, fine, the Gulf makes money off of oil, but what else? We have no other industry or form of natural resource besides Oil and Gas. So if we take that into account, the nations cashflow is probably lower than what he makes it seem like!~