Home / News / World /  Amid Pakistan crisis, IMF says China must change its debt policy as low-income nations cannot pay

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes on February 5, stated that China's finance minister and Central bank governor would participate in a roundtable with other creditors and other borrowing countries in February in India.

On February 3, the IMF stated that China had to take additional steps to address its real estate issues. About a quarter of China's GDP comes from the real estate sector, which has slowed the country's economic expansion, particularly after Beijing began to crack down on developers' heavy reliance on debt in 2020. Over the past few months, Chinese authorities have begun to loosen limits on funding for the industry.

Georgieva, the first IMF director from a developing market economy, has stated that debt reduction is essential for highly-indebted countries in order to prevent social service cuts and other negative effects. The first such event, according to her, will coincide with a conference of Group of 20 finance officials in India.

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"What we are working towards is to bring all creditors, the traditional creditors from advanced economies, new creditors like China, Saudi Arabia, India, as well as the private sector, and put them around the table with the debtor countries," she said.

China must alter its policy since low-income nations are unable to pay, Georgieva said. Her comment comes as a massive fiscal shortfall of 900 billion has caused a roadblock in IMF-Pakistan negotiations. Islamabad is resisting the fiscal imbalance as a way to cut the primary deficit, despite the IMF's call for a 1% increase in the GST rate for goods containing fuel, oil, and lubricants.

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The amended Circular Debt Management Plan (CDMP) has been requested by Pakistani authorities, who also requested that the IMF lower the required additional subsidy from its original objective of 687 billion to 605 billion. As a result, the fiscal shortfall was in the 400–450 billion range.

(With agency inputs)

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
Sounak Mukhopadhyay, who also goes by the name Sounak Mukherjee, has been producing digital news since 2012. He's worked for the International Business Times, The Inquisitr, and Moneycontrol in the past. He's also contributed to Free Press Journal and TheRichest with feature articles. He covers news for a wide range of subjects including business, finance, economy, politics and social media. Before working with digital news publications, he worked as a freelance content writer.
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