Allocation of $650 billion SDRs comes into effect: IMF


[24-08-2021 12:51 AM]

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Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, said Monday that the allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), which amount to $650 billion, will come into effect today.

"The largest allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) in history about $650 billion comes into effect today. The allocation is a significant shot in the arm for the world and, if used wisely, a unique opportunity to combat this unprecedented crisis," Georgieva said in Monday in an IMF statement.

"The SDR allocation will provide additional liquidity to the global economic system – supplementing countries’ foreign exchange reserves and reducing their reliance on more expensive domestic or external debt. Countries can use the space provided by the SDR allocation to support their economies and step up their fight against the crisis," Georgieva added.

"SDRs are being distributed to countries in proportion to their quota shares in the IMF. This means about $275 billion is going to emerging and developing countries, of which low-income countries will receive about $21 billion – equivalent to as much as 6 per cent of GDP in some cases," she explained.

"SDRs are a precious resource and the decision on how best to use them rests with our member countries," she noted, pointing out that "For SDRs to be deployed for the maximum benefit of member countries and the global economy, those decisions should be prudent and well-informed."

"To support countries, and help ensure transparency and accountability, the IMF is providing a framework for assessing the macroeconomic implications of the new allocation, its statistical treatment and governance, and how it might affect debt sustainability," Georgieva said.

She added that the IMF will also provide regular updates on all SDR holdings, transactions, and trading – including a follow-up report on the use of SDRs in two years’ time.

"To magnify the benefits of this allocation, the IMF is encouraging voluntary channeling of some SDRs from countries with strong external positions to countries most in need," she noted.

Georgieva further added: "Over the past 16 months, some members have already pledged to lend US$24bn, including US$15 billion from their existing SDRs, to the IMF’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust, which provides concessional loans to low-income countries."

"This is just a start, and the IMF will continue to work with our members to build on this effort," she underlined.

"The IMF is also engaging with its member countries on the possibility of a new Resilience and Sustainability Trust, which could use channeled SDRs to help the most vulnerable countries with structural transformation, including confronting climate-related challenges. Another possibility could be to channel SDRs to support lending by multilateral development banks," Georgieva explained.

She underscored that "This SDR allocation is a critical component of the IMF’s broader effort to support countries through the pandemic, which includes: $117 billion in new financing for 85 countries; debt service relief for 29 low-income countries; and policy advice and capacity development support to over 175 countries to help secure a strong and more sustainable recovery."




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