Spring Meetings 2020: Day 2 Briefing


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Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the Day 2 Briefing of our 2020 Virtual Spring Meetings newsletter.


Earlier this morning, Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva delivered her Curtain Raiser speech—Confronting the Crisis: Priorities for the Global Economy—ahead of the Spring Meetings next week. Please find select themes and excerpts of the speech below.

  • Sharply negative growth: “We are still faced with extraordinary uncertainty about the depth and duration of this crisis. It is already clear, however, that global growth will turn sharply negative in 2020. In fact, we anticipate the worst economic fallout since the Great Depression. Just three months ago, we expected positive per capita income growth in over 160 of our member countries in 2020. Today, that number has been turned on its head: we now project that over 170 countries will experience negative per capita income growth this year.”
  • Partial recovery: “If the pandemic fades in the second half of the year—thus allowing a gradual lifting of containment measures and reopening of the economy—our baseline assumption is for a partial recovery in 2021. But again, I stress there is tremendous uncertainty around the outlook: it could get worse depending on many variable factors, including the duration of the pandemic.”
  • Emerging markets and low-income nations: “Just as the health crisis hits vulnerable people hardest, the economic crisis hits vulnerable countries hardest… In the last two months, portfolio outflows from emerging markets were about $100 billion—more than three times larger than for the same period of the global financial crisis.”
  • Global response: “The encouraging news is that all governments have sprung into action and, indeed, there has been significant coordination. Our Fiscal Monitor next week will show that countries around the world have taken fiscal actions amounting to about $8 trillion. In addition, there have been massive monetary measures from the G20 and others.” 
  • “We have $1 trillion in lending capacity and are placing it at the service of our membership. We are responding to an unprecedented number of calls for emergency financing—from over 90 countries so far. Our Executive Board has just agreed to double access to our emergency facilities, which will allow us to meet the expected demand of about $100 billion in financing.
  • “We are reviewing our tool kit…We are working with donors to increase our Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust to $1.4 billion…And together with the World Bank, we are calling for a standstill of debt service to official bilateral creditors for the world’s poorest countries.”

Today at 9am EDT, Managing Director Georgieva will be interviewed by Tom Keene, Surveillance Anchor and Editor-at-Large at Bloomberg. Watch the livestream here.

Later this afternoon, Managing Director Georgieva will have a podcast conversation with editor-in-chief of The Economist Zanny Minton Beddoes. Don't worry, we'll include the audio link in tomorrow's briefing.


We have 10 livestreams coming up next week that will spotlight the launch of the World Economic Outlook, Regional Economic Outlooks, the Managing Director's Press Conference and much more. You can find the full schedule here. Next to each livestream is a calendar icon, which will allow you to add that particular webcast to your personal schedule—whether you use Apple, Google, Outlook or another calendar platform.


We recently launched a hub for all of our COVID-19 content including our latest analytical work on the economic impact of the pandemic, a global policy tracker that now covers 193 economies, a series of notes produced by IMF experts to help members address the economic effects of COVID-19, and recent news including press releases, speeches and more.


Tomorrow we'll dig deeper into the many flagship reports being launched next week and provide more details about the livestream schedule. Don't forget to keep your profile updated to ensure you receive this newsletter and other tailored content in your preferred language. You will need to re-enter your email address to access your information.

Thank you again for your interest in this special Spring Meetings newsletter.


IMF Spring Meetings Team

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