Development finance’s best weapon for a global slowdown

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By Lewis McLellan
05 Nov 2019

Global growth is set to slow and it is no secret that the countries acutely affected by this are the emerging and frontier markets. Commodity hedging products, facilitated by development banks, are going to be vital tools to mitigate the damage slackening growth will inflict on these fragile economies.

Many emerging markets are heavily reliant on commodities exports. While finance ministers and development finance bankers expound the importance of transitioning to well-diversified, high value-adding economic models, this is most easily financed by a strong revenue base from exploiting commodities.

But demand for industrial input slackens when the ...

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