Developing Countries: Status of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Hipc Debt Relief Initiative

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DIANE Publishing, 1998 - 87 pages
In 1996 the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, in response to a call from the leaders of the major industrial nations for a comprehensive approach to the debt problems of the poorest countries, proposed the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Debt Initiative. The initiative reflects concerns of creditors, including the U.S., that, even after receiving debt relief through existing mechanisms, some poor countries will have debt burdens that remain too large relative to their ability to pay. This report: (1) describes the implementation of the HIPC initiative and (2) assesses the initiative's potential to achieve its stated goal. Charts and tables.

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