On Friday February 6th, 2015 a group of approximately 25 Bretton Woods Committee members held a private roundtable discussion with senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials to reassess the IMF’s role in sovereign debt crises. The dialogue – moderated by William R. Rhodes – afforded the Fund an opportunity to gather timely input from a cross-section of the Committee’s private sector leaders, policy experts and academics as it rethinks its approach to sovereign debt restructuring with the objective of reducing the costs and risks for all stakeholders: sovereign debtors, creditors, and the overall system.
The closed-door dialogue took place at the Fund’s headquarters in Washington, DC and focused specifically on the proposals floated by IMF staff in its June 2014 report to reform the Fund’s exceptional access framework and eliminate the systemic exemption established in 2010. Leading representatives from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York were also involved.
This was the first of what will likely be a series of consultative discussions with the Bretton Woods Committee as IMF officials deliberate proposals in the months ahead to reform their sovereign debt lending practices and framework.