MARRAKECH, Morocco — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has met its fundraising target to increase concessional trust fund resources for the world’s poorest countries by $3 billion, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Saturday.
Ms. Georgieva said in a statement that the contributions completed during IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Morocco “will allow the IMF to continue to support low-income countries with zero-interest rate financing to meet their evolving needs.”
She said that PRGT lending has increased fivefold to $30 billion since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with about 30 countries still with loan programs. Demand for the trust’s resources is expected to reach $40 billion through 2024, about five times the historical average.
The IMF had urged member countries to fill a $1.2-billion gap in the $3-billion subsidy account endorsed by the membership in 2021. Ms. Georgieva said 40 countries had stepped up to contribute, and one-third were emerging-market economies. — Reuters