COVID-19 and Fragile States: Promoting Resilient Recovery for the Most Vulnerable Communities

October 11, 2021

This event aimed to take stock of the economic and social impact of COVID-19 in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS), and identify pathways for progress toward resilient recovery. Speakers will reflect on responses to the pandemic and on opportunities to scale up joint multilateral support in the most fragile settings, where climate risks, food insecurity, and active conflict often overlap. The event will also highlight the Fund’s strong commitment to FCS – particularly through the development of an FCS Strategy to further enhance and tailor Fund’s support to FCS facing complex and unique challenges.  

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Monday, October 11, 2021

4:00–4:07 pm ET

Welcoming Remarks:

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF

4:07–4:15 pm ET

Keynote Speech:

António Guterres,  Secretary-General, United Nations

4:15–4:58 pm ET

Panel Discussion:

Rindra Hasimbelo Rabarinirinarison, Minister of Finance, Madagascar

Gibril Ibrahim Mohammed, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Sudan

Peter MaurerPresident, International Committee of the Red Cross



Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director, IMF


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 4:58–5:00 pm ET

Closing Remarks

Kristalina Georgieva
Director, IMF