Africa needs greater support with climate change, debt, and food issues

Africa needs greater support with climate change, debt, and food issues
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Saturday, African finance ministers stated that international organizations and wealthy nations must assist Africa in addressing it’s escalating debt, food shortage, and climate change.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused financial market volatility and food price escalation in African developing nations just recuperating from the COVID-19 epidemic.

Droughts, floods, and cyclones were exacerbated by climate change across the continent.

African nations are afflicted. Comoros Finance Minister Mze Abdou Mohamed Chanfiou stated during a press conference with two African counterparts at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington, D.C., that these countries are not culpable for the devastation caused by climate change. These individuals were the continent’s finance ministers.

Even though the IMF, World Bank, and our regional institutions have established emergency funds, these funds do not appear to be sufficient to address the situation.

The IMF established the Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) last year in order to transfer excess IMF Special Drawing Rights funds from wealthier nations to impoverished and vulnerable middle-income states.

The trust offers long-term concessional financing for climate change and renewable energy adaptation.

Rwanda, Barbados, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, and Jamaica have signed loan programs with the institution, and 44 other nations are intrigued.

Three African finance ministers have requested that more prosperous nations fulfill their trust funding obligations.

Friday, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva announced RST commitments totaling $40 billion. On Friday, additional commitments were received, indicating that “there is a good chance that we can build its financial strength even further.”

African finance ministers advocated for a G20-backed debt restructuring mechanism.

Since the outbreak, Zambia and Ghana have defaulted on their national debt. They have joined the effort but to no avail.

The ministers stated that African nations were responsible for addressing food shortages and high food prices caused by climate change and the Ukraine conflict.

During the same press conference on Saturday, Sheku A.F. Bangura, the finance minister of Sierra Leone, stated that Africa must capitalize on its agricultural sector to increase local output and reduce import interruptions.

“Our crisis is permanent,” he said. “We require a much more robust and unified strategy.”

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