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G20 ministers agree to coordinate fiscal, monetary policies to ensure global economic stability amid crises

CNA – G20 finance ministers have agreed on the need to coordinate fiscal and monetary policies to “ensure global economic stability” as countries head into a “perfect storm of multiple crises”, said Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong yesterday.

Wong attended the G20 2nd Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors and World Bank-IMF Spring meetings in the United States (US) on Wednesday.

“We are meeting under extraordinary circumstances,” he said in a video published on his social media pages. “In many ways, we are heading into a perfect storm of multiple crises.

“And that is why the finance ministers discussed and agreed that we do need to coordinate our policies, be it fiscal or monetary policies, to ensure global economic stability during this period.”

Countries must also take into consideration other “burning longer-term issues” while dealing with the immediate crisis, he added.

Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong attends the G20 2nd Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) and World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting. PHOTO: CNA

This includes strengthening the global public health system and tackling climate change.

“We had good discussions among ourselves about how we can advance these important agendas,” Wong said.

“In these uncertain times, we cannot afford to take a country-by-country approach. We need much stronger multilateral cooperation, to recover together and to recover stronger.”

Wong also met international leaders and officials at the meetings, including Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Malaysia’s Finance Minister Zafrul Abdul Aziz and secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Mathias Cormann.

Wong is in the US to attend the G20 and World Bank-IMF meetings, as well as to meet members of the US administration.

This is his first overseas trip since he was announced as leader of the fourth generation of Singapore’s political leadership.

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