A two-day virtual panel discussion on Public Debt Management in the Wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities for Commonwealth Countries.
Impact of the pandemic on public debt
Before the pandemic, the average global public debt was already high at 84 percent of GDP (2019). When COVID-19 struck in late 2019 to early 2020, many countries adopted measures to limit the spread of the pandemic as well as addressing the macroeconomic and social imbalances created by the pandemic.
While these strong responses helped save lives and cushion the economic blow, some of these policies resulted in further increases in the already high pre-pandemic debt levels leading to heightened debt sustainability concerns.
As the world prepares for the road to recovery from the economic fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Commonwealth Secretariat's Debt Management Unit is hosting this two-day forum that will bring together high-level speakers and technical experts to explore the following topics over three sessions:
How to achieve debt sustainability in a post-crisis world
- Financing the gap: solutions for long-term recovery; and
- Financing strategies and the role of debt managers in achieving debt sustainability.
- Day One: 1 September 2021 | 1300 – 1430hrs (BST)
- Day Two: 2 September 2021 | 1300 – 1500hrs (BST)
- DocumentDraft Agenda_Day One and Two.pdf (196.38 KB)
- DocumentRevised Speaker%27s Biographies_1.pdf (1.13 MB)
- DocumentEvent Flyer_Day 2 Session 1.pdf (184.77 KB)
- DocumentEvent Flyer_Day 2 Session 2.pdf (163.34 KB)