New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Eminent economist and key Sherpa to G20 Dennis J Snower on Friday said it is vital for G20 countries to coordinate monetary and fiscal policies as there is a big risk of financial crisis in the future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing a virtual event organised by FCC South Asia, Snower said the world is facing the deepest recession since the Great Depression and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge social dislocation. 'It is vital for G20 countries to coordinate monetary and fiscal policies to take the world economy out of this (COVID-19 induced economic) crisis,' he said. Noting that at the G20 meeting in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, it is absolutely vital that some agreement must be signed for production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, Snower said, 'Unless pandemic is defeated everywhere, it cannot defeated anywhere.' The eminent economist also warned of future financial crisis if corrective steps are not taken soon.
'There is a big risk of financial crisis in the future because countries have borrowed more money, this borrowing will put upward pressure on interest rates in the future and rich countries have printed money to buy their own bonds, that could give rise to severe inflationary pressures in the future,' he said. 'And if inflation rises, interest rates rise, then we have a financial crisis in the making,' Snower added. According to IMF assessment, rich advanced countries have spent 20 per cent of their GDP on fiscal and monetary stimulus to tide over the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown to curb its spread. While poor countries have only spent 2 per cent of the GDP on fiscal and monetary stimulus to take their economy out of COVID-19 pandemic induced economic crisis. Stating that the world economies are today integrated, the way it was never before, he said climate change can only be tackled at international forums like G20. 'It is not just GDP that matters but we need to give some special attention to the environment,' Snower said.
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