IMF flags debt restructuring hurdles, says banning crypto ought to be an possibility


By Aftab Ahmed and Sarita Chaganti Singh

BENGALURU (Reuters) -There are some disagreements over restructuring debt for distressed economies, the chief of the Worldwide Financial Fund stated on Saturday on the sidelines of a G20 assembly, including that banning non-public cryptocurrencies ought to be an possibility.

India’s G20 presidency comes at a time when its South Asian neighbours Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan are searching for pressing IMF funds as a consequence of an financial slowdown attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine battle.

China, the world’s largest bilateral creditor, urged G20 nations on Friday to conduct a good, goal and in-depth evaluation of the causes of world debt points as clamour grows for lenders to take a big haircut, or settle for losses, on loans.

“On debt restructuring, whereas there are nonetheless some disagreements, we now have the worldwide sovereign debt roundtable with consideration of all private and non-private collectors,” IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva advised reporters after the roundtable she co-chaired with Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“We simply completed a session through which it was clear that there’s a dedication to bridge variations for the good thing about nations.”

Other than restructuring debt, regulating cryptocurrencies is one other precedence space for India, which Georgieva agreed with.

“We now have to distinguish between central financial institution digital currencies which are backed by the state and steady cash, and crypto belongings which are privately issued,” Georgieva stated.

“There needs to be very sturdy push for regulation… if regulation fails, in the event you’re sluggish to do it, then we should always not take off the desk banning these belongings, as a result of they could create monetary stability danger.”

(Reporting by Aftab Ahmed, Sarita Chaganti Singh and Shivangi Acharya; writing by Sudipto Ganguly; Enhancing by Krishna N. Das)