Debt Transparency in Developing Economies

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Debt Transparency in Developing Economies

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Debt in emerging markets and developing economies has surged to a record high since the outbreak of COVID-19, but new analysis from the World Bank Group shows that the global and country-by-country systems for tracking it are proving to be grossly inadequate.

High debt and inadequate debt transparency in poor economies are closely intertwined. Policymakers can no longer afford to be complacent about either. The World Bank report is the first comprehensive assessment of debt transparency in these economies—and it offers a roadmap for policymakers on how to close gaps in debt transparency.

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00:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
05:36 Panelist introductions and context for the discussion
08:20 Transparency and the private sector
10:45 Collateralized debt and implications
14:27 Debt disclosure gaps and sovereign ratings
18:08 Hidden debt
23:09 Challenges with addressing unsustainable debt at the global level
26:23 China’s role as a lender to emerging market and developing economies
32:33 Credit enhancement
41:55 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) scoring and green bonds
48:05 The Common Framework and the challenges ahead
1:02:51 Audience Q&A
1:14:00 Closing remarks

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