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Rep. Bass Statement on G20 Relief For Low-Income Countries

May 1, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement regarding G20 debt relief for low-income nations fighting COVID-19.

"This week G-20 nations agreed to suspend bilateral debt service payments until the end of the year for 76 low-income countries including 40 sub-Saharan African countries. This will allow vulnerable nations to use those financial resources for responding to the coronavirus pandemic that will place a heavy burden on already weak healthcare systems.  This is an important first step, but more will be needed as African countries deal with the social and economic impact of the virus."