G-20 likely to extend debt suspension for poorer nations –World Bank President

BY ERIC DUMO
The Group of 20 gathering of finance ministers from the world’s largest economies this week is likely to extend debt-service suspension initiative for poorer nations until the end of the year, World Bank President, David Malpass, has said.
The extension of the reprieve in debt-service payments by many of the world’s poorer nations will probably be the final, Malpass told reporters on Monday.
Bloomberg reports that the G-20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative, which took effect last May, delivered $5bn in relief for more than 40 countries in 2020, according to the World Bank.
The G-20 last October extended the program originally set to expire in December 2020 through June and agreed to consider a further six-month extension later.
The World Bank has made good progress in helping countries through the pandemic but much work remains to be done to achieve sustainable and broad-based economic growth without harming the environment or leaving hundreds of millions of families in poverty, he said.
“I expect resources will be a challenge,” Malpass said, adding, “I think there will be years of greater need for deeply concessional resources.”
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