Saudi G20 Presidency, Paris Forum to hold key meet on capital flows volatility


Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The Saudi G20 Presidency and the Paris Forum will hold a high-level virtual ministerial conference on July 8, 2020. The conference will discuss challenges around international capital flows volatility — as exacerbated in emerging market economies by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis — and possible policy responses to help restore sustainable flows of capital and mobilizing robust financing for development.

The conference will be co-chaired by Saudi Arabia’s Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire. The conference will bring together finance ministers and central bank governors, heads of international financial institutions, chief executives of private financial institutions and prominent scholars.

The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is delivering results, however, the situation remains challenging. Capital outflows from many emerging and developing countries have reached unprecedented levels, and their ability to draw upon an international pool of capital in a robust manner has been called into question. In this context, the conference will foster in-depth discussions on key issues related to financial resilience and debt sustainability as well as considering the progress on the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative and on developing the finance agenda amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference outcomes are expected to feed into the discussion of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors’ meeting to be held virtually on July 18, 2020, under the Saudi G20 Presidency.