Friday, 8 May 2020

After Corana-19 we face a pandemic of austerity (Cancel World Debt).

As we contemplate a worldwide end to the current corona 19 pandemic and hope that there is no second wave , we face another pandemic this time of a finan
cial kind and a return to austerity which could last a generation.

That is why it is good  news that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have announced an extraordinary debt cancellation to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The global bodies, in its spring 2020 virtual meeting last month ( April 15), said it will cancel all debts owed to them by countries that were facing a moderate or high risk of debt distress prior to the virus crisis.
Dominica is among the 27 nations which will benefit from the move, having had high risks of external and public debt distress. Other nations which will benefit from the aggressive relief effort are Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Honduras and Sierra Leone.
The measure was done in tandem with the G20, to ensure that vulnerable countries are free to direct all public revenues at their disposal to stop the spread of this diseases and mitigate the financial crisis, said the IMF’s Executive Board.
It is hoped that the step will help mitigate disruptions to the supply chains of essential commodities for consumption in the developed world, which is imperative to the timely delivery of medical supplies and medicines critical in the pandemic fight.
A statement by the IMF said, “As the world’s leading finance institution it is vital that we step in to guide the invisible hand of the global market in the right direction.
“We are humbled by this economic crisis and the role that we have played in precipitating such a scenario. For years, the entire international financial system, created from our Bretton Woods charter, has set countries up for the adoption of free market ideals. By providing loans across the globe, we have helped countries spread their goods and in turn strengthen the bonds and livelihoods of everyday people,” it said.
In addition to the 27 nations facing debt distress that will benefit, the IMF said all 76 of the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) countries will receive full debt cancellation.
“All developing countries categorised either as Middle Income Countries or Low Income Countries who face high debt vulnerabilities will see a full cancellation of debt. In total, this new process will apply to 111 countries. These countries will receive full cancellation of all debts as they wrestle with the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus have topped two million globally with casualties surpassing 128,000 and the economic impact pushing the world towards the worst recession since the Great Depression.​
It needs to go further and many more if not all countries should have their debt cancelled or have any interest drastically cut.

Indeed we need a change to the whole issue not only World but domestic debt and a compleatly new approach to how capitalism works putting an end to the likes of Hedge Funds and thier likes.

The idea that the likes of Jacob Rees Mogg and other Tories may make a profit out of the current crisis.
His firm Somerset Capital Management (SCM), which manages investments in emerging markets, told clients that the dive in stock market valuations around the world since the pandemic took hold had made “excellent entry points for investors”.

“Market dislocations of this magnitude happen rarely, perhaps once or twice in a generation, and have historically provided excellent entry points for investors,” SCM fund manager Mark Asquith wrote in a note to clients
 Investments include private hospitals in Brazil, pharmacies in South Africa, and a Chinese firm behind a device which checks if people are wearing masks.  Mark Asquith, aalso , wrote to investors: 'History has shown us that super normal returns can be made during this type of environment. 
At least Spivs provided people with things they needed . but  it is perverse that some are making a profit out what will be a misery of others and a profit that they don't need as they boost their already vast wealth.

We need to look again at the whole way Capitalism works against the interest of ordinary people no matter where in the World..

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