On 10 June 2020, Sovereign Debt Forum experts and policy officials from the IMF and the World Bank consider the rising tide of debt distress, further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and review historical precedents, legal and policy options for managing the crisis in low- and middle-income economies.
DebtCon4 is scheduled to take place in September 2020. Format changes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced in June 2020. Prior DebtCon conferences have featured keynote remarks by finance ministers and central bank governors, research presentations by leading scholars and practitioners in law, economics, finance, history, sociology and anthropology, and panel discussions of pressing policy challenges, from climate change to financial technology.
In this "Rebuilding Macroeconomics" webinar on May 19, Rosa Lastra and Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal along with Alexander Douglas, Katharina Pistor and Franklin Allen look ahead to when the economy stabilizes, and firms and households have higher debt burdens.
In this webinar co-hosted by the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) on May 7, Lee Buchheit, Mitu Gulati, and Ugo Panizza, along with Patrick Bolton, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, and Beatrice Weder di Mauro explain why low- and middle-income countries are particularly vulnerable, discuss what is at stake for the world economy, and present a mechanism to implement a debt standstill which would free significant resources to cover some of the more immediate costs of the COVID-19 crisis.
February 10, 2020
Anna Gelpern (Georgetown Law Professor) moderates conversation with Kristalina Georgieva (IMF Managing Director) and David Malpass (World Bank President) on the debt situation in lower-income economies.
December 19, 2019
Book launch featuring conversation with David Malpass (World Bank President) and Kenneth Rogoff (Harvard University) and panel discussion including Anna Gelpern (Georgetown Law).
The Sovereign Debt Forum Launch took place at the at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC on 21 October 2019, in conjunction with the Annual Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank. The program featured remarks by Forum directors, affiliated scholars, officials from member universities, international financial institutions, the African Legal Support Facility, and the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. In addition, Official Consultative Group members representing the governments of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States took part in the launch, along with a wide range of academics, civil society representatives, financial market participants, law practitioners, and policy makers.