Subtitle: Balancing Commitment to Hosting with the Need for Recovery
In the aftermath of a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are facing a critical decision. On Monday, they will determine whether the annual meetings scheduled for October 9-15 in earthquake-hit Morocco, specifically in the vibrant city of Marrakech, will proceed. This decision comes after a thorough review of Morocco’s capacity to host the meetings in the wake of the disaster.
In an exclusive interview, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva revealed that discussions have been ongoing, not only regarding the feasibility of holding the meetings but also concerning a significant financial commitment to Morocco. The IMF has reached a staff-level agreement with Morocco to provide a substantial $1.3 billion loan. This loan is intended to bolster the country’s resilience to climate-related disasters and is drawn from the Fund’s newly established Resilience and Sustainability Trust.
However, the IMF and World Bank are also mindful not to burden Morocco during its ongoing recovery efforts. Georgieva has expressed concerns about this and is actively exploring ways to simplify the meetings if they proceed in Marrakech. This includes potentially reducing their duration and scaling back the number of attendees to ease logistical challenges.
Security, however, is not a significant concern, and the safety of participants remains a priority for the IMF and World Bank.
The decision about the annual meetings will consider various factors, including logistical feasibility and the capacity to host participants effectively. A final decision is expected by Monday, allowing ample time for participants to prepare.
While Morocco grapples with post-earthquake recovery, the commitment to host these important international gatherings underscores the country’s resilience and determination to contribute to global dialogues on critical economic and financial matters.
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