A new report shows that debt relief in Nicaragua is only partly going to poverty reduction. The expected relief from debt servicing for 2003 is nearly $214 million, however the national budget indicates that only $98.4 million was set aside for poverty reduction expenditure. The report says this is because the government is prioritising – with IMF support – internal debt payments to the private sector. Nicaragua is on the IMF’s Board agenda for June.
The IMF and the World Bank are increasingly engaged with the challenge of addressing how tax avoidance and evasion affect developing countries, but need to address the role played by multinational enterprises and tax havens in exacerbating inequality and undermining countries’ domestic revenues.
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