Sri Lanka’s state minister of money and capital markets has urged financial institutions to offer all emerging and developing countries a debt standstill for 2021.

“It will enhance global economic and financial stability, which is a pre-requisite for sustainable development,” state minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.

He made these remarks during a meeting of Finance Ministers at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Cabraal pointed out that such a move involving the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, will allow governments to assist their people.

He noted that a debt-standstill is required for developing nations that are in a vulnerable condition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state minister said that failing to grant a debt standstill may cause vulnerable economies to collapse, affecting global economic stability as well.


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