LatAm, Caribbean countries call for new governance, rules for financing
- If the COVID-19 pandemic has done nothing else, it has exposed the vulnerabilities and weaknesses of the global financial system and the mechanisms currently in place to help developing nations establish stronger economies, leaders from both rich and poor countries acknowledged in a United Nations-led forum on Thursday.
- Convened by Holness, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Secretary General António Guterres, the discussion focused on trying to find concrete financing solutions to the COVID-19 health and development emergency unleashed by the pandemic.
- The leaders discussed how the need for a revamping of the system of global financial and monetary governance, as well as putting an end to opaque structures that facilitate tax evasion and illicit financial flows that rob resources from developing countries.
- In addition, the leaders, which also included heads of Latin American, Caribbean and international financial institutions, discussed changing financing rules to include middle-income debt alleviation, rules for access to financial resources, and concessional funding related to COVID-19 and beyond.