COVID-19: World’s Economy In Recession, Worse Than In 2009 – IMF Chief

(FILES) In this file picture taken on January 17, 2020, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva speaks in Washington, DC. JIM WATSON / AFP


The world’s financial system has entered a recession and requires large funding to assist creating nations, Ms Kristalina Georgieva has declared.

Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), defined that this was on account of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has killed hundreds of individuals around the globe.

She said this on Friday at a press briefing following a Conference Call of the IMF and Financial Committee (IMFC).

“We have reassessed the prospect for growth for 2020 and 2021. It is now clear that we have entered a recession – as bad as or worse than in 2009,” Georgieva introduced.

She added, “We do project recovery in 2021 – in fact, there may be a sizeable rebound, but only if we succeed with containing the virus – everywhere – and prevent liquidity problems from becoming a solvency issue.”


The IMF chief famous that IMFC, the governing physique of the organisation representing 189 member nations, met earlier to debate the risk posed to the world by coronavirus.

According to her, a serious concern concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the worldwide financial system is the danger of a wave of bankruptcies and layoffs able to eroding the material of the societies.

Georgieva, nevertheless, famous that many nations have taken measures to stop this by handle the disaster of their well being sector.

Read the remarks by the IMF chief under:

Good morning. The governing physique of the IMF—the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), representing our 189 member nations— met right this moment to debate the unprecedented problem posed to the world by COVID-19.

Following yesterday’s G20 Leaders assembly, the IMFC took inventory of the quickly creating well being disaster, its influence on the financial system, measures taken to handle these impacts, and the way nicely the Fund is provided to assist its member nations.

I famous that for the reason that IMFC final met just some weeks in the past:

We have reassessed the prospect for progress for 2020 and 2021. It is now clear that we now have entered a recession – as dangerous as or worse than in 2009.

We do mission restoration in 2021–the truth is, there could also be a sizeable rebound, however provided that we succeed with containing the virus – in all places – and forestall liquidity issues from changing into a solvency subject.

A key concern a couple of long-lasting influence of the sudden cease of the world financial system is the danger of a wave of bankruptcies and layoffs that not solely can undermine the restoration however can erode the material of our societies.

To keep away from this taking place, many nations have taken far-reaching measures to handle the well being disaster and to cushion its influence on the financial system – each on the financial and on the fiscal facet.

The G20 yesterday reported fiscal measures totalling some 5 trillion {dollars} or over 6 % of worldwide GDP. It is essential for these forward in taking motion to share their expertise with these nonetheless behind.

To assist this, final evening the IMF launched a coverage actions tracker for 186 nations to assist us all to see who’s doing what.

We will likely be updating this info commonly and can present country-specific evaluation in step with our surveillance mandate.

We have seen a unprecedented spike in requests for IMF emergency financing – some 80 nations have positioned requests and extra are prone to come.

Normally, we by no means have greater than a handful of requests on the identical time. Yesterday our Executive Board authorised the primary of those emergency requests for the Kyrgyz Republic, a document quick disbursement.

We additionally see a variety of issues increase in rising markets – the unfold of the virus, the shut-down of economies, capital outflows and – for commodity exporters  –  a value shock.

Many of those rising markets will expertise a contraction as vital containment measures take their toll, and are shocked by decreased international demand for his or her exports – tourism, commodities, and manufactured items – that present vital streams of international alternate.

Our present estimate for the monetary wants of rising markets is $2.5 trillion – a lower-end estimate for which their very own reserves and home sources wouldn’t be ample.

We are being requested by our members to do extra, do it higher, and do it quicker than ever earlier than – and to do it in collaboration with the World Bank and our different companions.

How can we meet that problem?  Specifics:

First, we’re proposing to double our emergency financing capability; simplify our processes; and fill the hole in our concessional financing.

Second, we’re reviewing our lending devices to see what may be lacking within the context of this disaster and in order that we will design an acceptable response.

For instance, can we develop using precautionary credit score traces? Can we carry ahead short-term liquidity provisions? We need nations to method the Fund and entry the instruments they require for the wants they’ve.

The sooner nations can method us, acquire vital financing, and implement good coverage, the higher likelihood we now have to comprise the injury and transfer in direction of restoration.

Third, a lot of our member nations are confronted with quickly constructing pressures on debt which they should handle. On that word, our Board yesterday authorised adjustments within the software of the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT) which may present some debt aid to our poorest member nations.

We are searching for assist from our membership to extend the capability of the CCRT. We have obtained pledges of assist from the U.Ok., Japan and China —and we hope others will comply with shortly.

Last however not least, we’d like urgently to safe the borrowing capability of the Fund via the NABs (New Arrangements to Borrow) and bilateral borrowing preparations.

In this context, it’s very encouraging that NAB approval is a part of the US stimulus bundle that’s earlier than the US Congress. We want different nations which haven’t but finished so, to comply with go well with.

So subsequent steps: the IMFC charged us to debate these numerous choices additional with our Executive Board with a view to having a concrete bundle of proposals for IMFC consideration at our Spring Meetings in just a few weeks’ time.

So it’s all palms on deck on the IMF and dealing very arduous to strengthen our disaster response capability as a lot as potential.

Thank you.

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