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IMF solicits public comment on debt sustainability in low-income countries

International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
Published Date:
August 2003
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To support low-income countries in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and help prevent a recurrence of debt problems that could undermine these objectives, the IMF, in collaboration with the World Bank and in consultation with donors and low-income countries, is working to develop a framework to guide low-income countries’ borrowing. This framework would assist countries that have already received permanent debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative and other low-income countries where debt is potentially an issue.

As a first step, IMF staff have prepared a paper outlining and assessing some of the key issues that would need to be considered. The paper, “Debt Sustainability in Low-Income Countries—Toward a Forward-Looking Strategy,” was discussed by the IMF’s Executive Board on July 11 and has been posted on the IMF’s website. Comments on the paper should be sent by e-mail to by September 30.

(For the full text of Press Release No. 03/115, see the IMF’s website []).

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