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IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Morocco

IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Morocco: A Decision Looms Amidst Earthquake Recovery Efforts

IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Morocco
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.

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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.

IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in MoroccoMorocco’s willingness to proceed with hosting the meetings despite the challenging circumstances has been a central topic of conversation. Georgieva conveyed Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch’s commitment to hosting the gatherings, emphasizing that it would be a significant blow to Morocco’s hospitality sector if the meetings were relocated or cancelled. The resilience of the Moroccan people and their determination to recover from the earthquake have been evident.

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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.

IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in MoroccoRegarding the $1.3 billion loan, it is important to note that it is not directly related to earthquake relief efforts. Instead, it aims to enhance Morocco’s capacity to withstand climate-related shocks, such as droughts, while strengthening the country’s overall financial resilience.

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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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