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IMF's Georgieva says private creditors, China need to fully participate in debt relief

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday called for increased participation in debt relief for poor countries by private creditors and China, saying this was key to its success and a potential framework for debt restructurings.

Georgieva told a news conference that private creditor participation in a debt service suspension program for poor countries has been largely non-existent, with only three of 44 eligible countries even reaching out to private creditors. And only some of China’s official lending entities have participated, he said.

“What we are also hearing from China is a recognition that they are a relatively new creditor, but they are very large creditor, and they need to mature domestically in terms of how they handle their own lenders, the coordination among them,” Georgieva said. (Reporting by David Lawder)