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Worst since World War-ll, Global debt reaches $226 trillion

256 per cent of GDP in 2020

IMF will hold Round Table tomorrow to discuss how countries can manage the elevated debt

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (The CONNECT) - As countries were hit by the pandemic, global debt rose to $226 trillion, or 256 percent of GDP in 2020, the IMF will hold Round Table tomorrow.

In the context of a still evolving pandemic, rising inflation, and record high public and private debt, the roundtable will discuss how countries can manage the elevated debt. The event will mark the launch of the 2021 update of the Global Debt Database on Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

The event will be moderated by Martin Sandbu of The Financial Times. The panelists are Vitor Gaspar, Director, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, Anna Gelpern, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Carmen Reinhart, Chief Economist, World Bank.

The 2021 update of the IMF’s Global Debt Database documents the largest one-year debt surge after World War II.

Borrowing by governments accounted for slightly more than half of this increase, as global public debt jumped by 20 percent. The share of public debt in global debt reached new highs not seen in more than 50 years, reflecting a large cumulative increase since the global financial crisis.

Private debt rose by 10 percent in 2020, partly reflecting the support of central banks and government.

The rise in debt varied significantly across countries given very unequal capacity of governments and central banks to support households and businesses during the pandemic and a deep economic recession.

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