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Fair rules on debt: developing countries try to force the IMF’s hand

Carlos Villota

04 May 2012 08:20:19

By Francesca Giubilo, 27-04-2012 At last week’s World Bank and IMF spring meetings, the G24, the group of developing countries governments made a bold bid to get debt work-out mechanisms back on the agenda. They called for a study on sovereign debt restructuring mechanisms, a topic which the IMF had ignored. The European debt crisis provided an opportunity to re-open the debate. Though the G24 call was not echoed in the International Monetary and Financial Committee’s statement, it was an important first step which shows how the problem of unpayable and illegitimate debt is increasing at international level. Civil society groups have constantly argued that new measures have to be taken to deal with sovereign debt problems, but why is this so important for low-income countries and which ...