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IMF collaborates with World Bank to raise funds to support poor countries

by Peter Friday
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IMF’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, said this on Thursday in Marrakech, at the ongoing 2023 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings. Georgieva said that the support was under the aegis of the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT), which provides zero-interest rate loans to low-income countries.

She said that 40 countries were helping the Bretton Woods institutions realise their target for the PRGT.

I can tell you it warmed my heart when we met with contributors to see how much more expanded the family of PRGT contributors are.

“Big countries, small countries, rich countries, poorer countries coming together for the benefit of the most vulnerable in our global family,” she said.

The IMF managing director said that the fund would also secure the full amount of $40billion already pledged by donors to its new Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST). She said that the RST offered financing to help vulnerable low and middle-income countries cope with the existential threat of climate change.

“There are some encouraging signs that we will exceed $40billion,” she said.

She said that the world was presently experiencing severe shocks that were now becoming the new normal for “a world that is weakened by weak growth and economic fragmentation. ”

She, however, said that while countries like the USA had displayed the capacity to recover fast, some other countries still battled with economic challenges occasioned by COVID-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

We expect growth to remain low over the medium term , and we are faced with divergence in economic fortunes.

“Successive shocks since 2020 have pushed global output down by 3.6 trillion dollars as of this year. This loss is unevenly distributed.

“The U.S. has already recovered to pre-pandemic levels, most of the rest of the world did not.

“Low-income countries have been hardest hit because they have had extremely limited buffers, so it was hardest for them to protect their economy; to protect their people,” she stated.

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