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Hastening transition to low carbon economy may prove burdensome for emerging economies: FM

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 08, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman -

Sitharaman attends plenary meeting of International Monetary and Financial Committee of IMF

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday cautioned that IMF’s Global Policy Agenda’s suggestion to hasten transition to a low-carbon economy for promoting growth that benefits all may not lead to positive benefits for emerging market, developing and low income economies in the short run.

The burden of economic transformation to a low carbon economy would disproportionately be higher for these countries, she said in her address through video conference at the Plenary Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the virtual Spring Meetings 2021. The meeting was attended by Governors/Alternate Governors representing 190 member countries of the IMF.

Low-carbon economy

Sitharaman said that GPA’s suggestion to hasten the transition to a low-carbon economy for promoting growth that benefits all needs to be viewed in the context of its implications for the Emerging Market and Developing Economies and low-income economies.

“The focus needs to remain on the agreed principles of equity and differentiated responsibility of climate action”, she added.

The discussions at Thursday’s meeting were based on IMF Managing Director’s Global Policy Agenda (GPA) titled, “Bolstering the Recovery, Countering Divergence”.

The members of the IMFC updated the committee on the actions and measures taken by member countries to combat COVID-19 pandemic and facilitate economic recovery.

Key is vaccine availability

Sitharaman endorsed the view of the IMF that the key priority remains to end the pandemic and the universal availability of vaccines and medical solutions need to be ensured. She informed the Committee that the world’s largest vaccination drive is under way in India with 83.1 million doses administered as on April 6, 2021 and that India has supplied 65 million made-in-India COVID-19 vaccine doses to 80 countries, including 10 million vaccine doses as grant, an official release said.

The IMFC meets twice a year, once during the Fund-Bank Spring Meetings in April, and again during the Annual Meetings in October. The Committee discusses matters of common concern affecting the global economy and advises the IMF on the direction of its work. This year, due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Meetings took place through video-conference.

Published on April 08, 2021

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