Thursday, July 02, 2020 at 14.00 – 15.30 Vienna time (CEST)
Tom Richardson, JVI Director
Paulo Medas, Deputy Division Chief of the Fiscal Policy and Surveillance Division at IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department
Jason Harris, Deputy Division Chief of the Public Financial Management Division at IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department
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To protect lives and support livelihoods, governments globally have responded to the pandemic with an unprecedented $10 trillion of fiscal stimulus (IMF Fiscal Monitor, June update). Of these, an estimated $4.4 trillion are on-budget measures, which together with automatic stabilizers directly affect fiscal deficits and public debts. This is putting rules-based fiscal frameworks to the test. Further, governments have supported their economies with another $4.6 trillion off-budget measures such as public sector loans, equity injections, or guarantees. These measures create new fiscal risks at a time where the sharp global economic contraction and worsening macroeconomic and financial conditions are increasing existing fiscal risks.
This webinar therefore focuses on the strategies that governments should apply to ensure their fiscal responses to the pandemic preserve the credibility of their fiscal frameworks and prudently deal with fiscal risks. How should governments address limited fiscal space in a rule-based fiscal framework, and how can the credibility of the fiscal framework and long-term fiscal discipline be ensured? What is the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic fiscal policy responses on fiscal risks? How can a risk-based approach to fiscal policy be implemented? And what longer-term lessons can be drawn from the current crisis for the way PFM systems operate?
The webinar is the second of a series focusing on the recent IMF special series on fiscal policies to respond to the COVID-19 challenges.
The webinar will be opened by Tom Richardson.
Moderation will be provided by Barbara Dutzler and Tatiana Evdokimova (both JVI).
Participants are encouraged to ask written questions to the presenters using the webinar’s chat forum.
The webinar will be held in English.
In the coming weeks and months, the JVI will organize further topical webinars in the field of financial stability, fiscal policy and macroeconomics.
We look forward to engaging with you!
Thomas Richardson, Director, JVI