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Sustainable debt and financial transparency

RESPONSIBLE LOANS: Adopted principles of transparency about debt is a step in the right direction for sustainable and legal lending to vulnerable low-income countries. Norway should take the lead as a responsible lender and investor.

This summer, G20 supported an initiative of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) on voluntary debt transparency principles: «Voluntary Principles for Debt Transparency". Both the main organization for the financial industry in this country, Finance Norwayand DNB is a member of IIF along with 450 other institutions globally.

The principles have so far received little media attention. This may be because the principles are voluntary and not determined whose which can follow up and establish a system for how to implement it. The most obvious thing would be the assignment of the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund.

The debt crisis in Mozambique has been widely discussed in Norway Because the Government Pension Fund Global (SPU) is the second largest investor in Credit Suisse, which is one of the banks behind the
illegal loans to Mozambique.

Although much work remains and there is great uncertainty about compliance with this voluntary transparency, the adopted principles are a step in the right direction for more sustainable private individuals. loans to vulnerable low-income countries.

openness will be able to contribute å prevent unnecessary and illegal loans, and the principles are intended to supplement G20 and the development banks' existing tools and guidelines for å reduce debt vulnerability.

The introduction of the principles will entail, among other things, a form of public register with information on the value of the loan, the anchoring in legislation and the repayment plan. Such a register can be of benefit to both the lender and the borrower and to civil society, and hopefully could contribute to more sustainable loans.

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Financial openness is closely linked to sustainable development, and openness has become a review topic for civil society's requirements for the financing of. . .

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Gro Skaaren-Fystro
Skaaren-Fystro is a special advisor in Transparency International Norway.

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