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COVID-19: Nigeria excluded as IMF approves immediate debt relief for 25 countries

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The International Monetary Fund’s, IMF, Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, CCRT.

DAILY NIGERINA reports that Nigeria was not part of the countries that would benefit from the IMF’s gesture.

The beneficiary countries are: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia and Guinea.

Others are Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Togo and Yemen.

Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director, in a statement issued in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, said the relief was part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase over the next six months.

“It will help them channel more of their scarce financial resources towards vital emergency medical and other relief efforts.

“The CCRT can currently provide about 500 million dollars in grant-based debt service relief, including the recent 185 million dollars pledged by the United Kingdom and 100 million dollars provided by Japan as immediately available resources.

“Others, including China and the Netherlands, are also stepping forward with important contributions.”

Ms Georgieva urged other donors to help the IMF replenish the Trust’s resources and further boost its ability to provide additional debt service relief for a full two years to its poorest member countries.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the IMF is an organisation of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty around the world.

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