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Policies for managing a wave of sovereign debt crises

The international financial architecture is not well equipped to deal with a situation in which many countries default at the same time as a result of an exogenous shock. If all creditors could be coordinated, they would agree that they would benefit from legal protection that allows the affected sovereigns to use their resources to fight the pandemic and get their economies back on track. This policy brief describes options to provide such protection, while also aligning incentives for private creditors. The G20 can play a key role in coordinating the official sector and enhancing private sector participation.