Washington, 8 September 2023 (TDI): In a recent joint announcement, Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) & Ajay Banga, the President of the World Bank, emphasized their commitment to cooperation.

They enunciated their dedication to address pressing global challenges through strengthened collaboration.

The global landscape is currently marked by significant economic hurdles, the looming threat of climate change, and the rapid pace of digital transformation.

These challenges are further intensified by frequent global shocks, escalating debt levels, limited policy options in numerous countries, and increasing geopolitical tensions.

The Bretton Woods institutions, namely the IMF and the World Bank, are poised to play a pivotal role in assisting member countries to navigate these challenges and capitalize on the emerging opportunities.

Their combined expertise and universal membership make them uniquely positioned to drive collective efforts, especially in a world where individual actors might find it challenging to make a significant impact.

Both institutions have expressed their dedication to enhancing their partnership to yield tangible benefits for the global community.

This will be achieved by leveraging the World Bank’s vast experience in sustainable growth and structural transformation and the IMF’s proficiency in ensuring macroeconomic and financial stability.

Their joint efforts will be geared towards ensuring that resources are utilized efficiently, with a keen focus on delivering results for their member countries. They aim to foster complementarity in their climate-related initiatives.

The World Bank, with its updated mandate that places climate at its core, offers policy advice on climate matters, supports policy reforms, and provides financing for sector-specific investments.

On the other hand, the IMF has unveiled a new climate strategy, which includes addressing macro-critical climate issues and offering technical assistance in areas of its expertise.

Both institutions are also co-hosting the Secretariat of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. Given the current scenario of heightened debt vulnerabilities, there is an urgent need for the Bank and the Fund to intensify their collaboration.

Their joint efforts will be directed towards preventing further accumulation of debt vulnerabilities, aiding countries in enhancing debt management, transparency, and public finances.

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They also aim to offer deeper support to creditors and debtors involved in debt restructuring processes.

The digital revolution presents a golden opportunity for countries to boost economic growth and connect their citizens to essential services and employment opportunities.

However, the challenge lies in bridging the digital divide, as nearly 3 billion people still lack internet access.

The World Bank is actively working with governments to overcome regulatory and infrastructure barriers to digital inclusion.

Simultaneously, the IMF focuses on promoting digital transformation in the financial sector. Their combined efforts will be directed towards harnessing the potential of new digital technologies while mitigating associated risks.