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December 10, 2014

Sovereign Debt Management Forum

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Posted by Greg Horman[1]

The World Bank hosted its biennial Sovereign Debt Management Forum in Washington, D.C. on December 3-4, 2014. Representatives of over 60 countries, officials of the World Bank and other international agencies, and participants from the private sector discussed the latest developments in public debt management and government borrowing.

The Forum, part of the World Bank Treasury’s capacity-building and outreach program, was an opportunity for participants to network with a broad range of peers together with updating their knowledge on a range of policy and operational issues. The agenda included topics of relevance to countries at all stages of economic and financial development, as well as indebtedness. The emphasis, however, was on issues of particular interest to emerging-market countries that access, or are seeking to access, international capital markets, while at the same time taking steps to develop their local currency bond markets.   

During the plenary sessions, speakers offered perspectives on the outlook for sovereign borrowers, changes in investor composition and demand for public debt in emerging-markets. Another session reviewed the revisions to the Guidelines for Public Debt Management, prepared by the World Bank and the IMF, that were released earlier this year. Smaller break-out sessions investigated topics including the coordination of debt management with monetary and fiscal policy, the management of credit risk from guarantees and onlending, transparency and stakeholder relationship management, and the role of public debt managers in infrastructure financing.


[1] Technical Assistance Advisor, Public Finance Management Division II, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

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