July 18, 2020 / 3:30 PM / 23 days ago

At G20, Germany pledges 3 billion euros for poor countries

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany pledged 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) at a meeting of G20 finance ministers to help the world’s poorest countries, the finance ministry said on Saturday.

The funds will be made available as long-term loans for the International Monetary Fund’s Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT).

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva welcomed Germany’s “generous pledge” and urged other donors to follow suit.

In April, IMF officials said they had received pledges of a combined $11.7 billion from Australia, Japan, Canada, France and Britain to replenish the PRGT. Spain has also contributed.

The United States has been noticeably absent from the relief drive.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the IMF’s steering committee in April that Washington was exploring contributions to both facilities, but gave no details on the amount or timing of such a contribution.

“With the funds ... low-income countries can receive greatly discounted loans and bridge liquidity bottlenecks,” the German finance ministry said.

It added that Germany will provide a total of 8.7 billion euros for international aid measures in 2020 and 2021. ($1 = 0.8752 euros)

Reporting by Christian Kraemer and Andrea Shalal; Writing by Tom Sims; Editing by Kevin Liffey, Hugh Lawson and Jonathan Oatis

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