WORLD G7 ministers reaffirm close coordination in COVID-19 battle

WORLD

G7 ministers reaffirm close coordination in COVID-19 battle

Xinhua

23:23, April 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Finance ministers and central bank governors of Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations on Tuesday reaffirmed their close coordination in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating its impacts.

"The scale of this health crisis is generating unprecedented challenges for the global economy," the officials said in a joint statement after an online meeting, released by the U.S. Treasury Department.

"Ministers and governors reiterated their pledge to do whatever is necessary to restore economic growth and protect jobs, businesses, and the resilience of the financial system," they said, adding they remain committed to using "all available policy tools" to achieve strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth.

They expressed their support for the measures taken by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Group and regional development banks to enhance their toolkits to provide flexible and rapid financing in response to the crisis.

The G7 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.

The joint statement came after the IMF said earlier Tuesday in a report that the global economy is on track to contract "sharply" by 3 percent in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, much worse than during the 2008-09 financial crisis.

Calling it the deepest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said that the cumulative global output loss across 2020 and 2021 is expected to total 9 trillion U.S. dollars.

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