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The International Financial Architecture: Official Proposals on Crisis Resolution

The absence of a clear framework for the resolution of international financial crises introduces many risks and raises legal uncertainties about how to deal with sovereign financial crises.While a fairly broad consensus exists on how to prevent financial crises, namely by strengthening macroeconomic policies and improving financial supervision and regulation, views on how to manage and resolve sovereign debt crises are rather diverse. At the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) annual meeting in Prague in the year 2000, the international community tried to address this issue by advocating the Private Sector Involvement (PSI) initiative. PSI, however, never amounted to more than public statements that lack in substance. Consequently, this led to widespread dissatisfaction among the main participants of the international financial architecture. Debtor countries grew more discontented with the governance of the international financial system, and the private sector started to accuse the IMF of increasing the time inconsistency of its policies. Finally, in November 2001, the Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, Anne Krueger, proposed a legal framework for the resolution of sovereign insolvency crises, a Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism (SDRM). This mechanism would have rendered PSI more operational, in addition to addressing many market failures of today's international financial architecture. This paper addresses some of the key issues related to the international financial architecture and the resolution of sovereign debt crises. It is important to note that while support for an SDRM has waned for the time being, its discussion has nevertheless been beneficial and has produced several tangible results.

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Volume (Year): (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 73–89

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