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IMF-World Bank Guidelines for Public Debt Management

 

Swiss-World Bank Program for Fiscal Risk Management

The Fiscal Risk Management Program for Middle-Income Countries. Learn more.

Our team co-authored the IMF-World Bank Guidelines for Public Debt Management.

Effective public debt management is the cornerstone of financial stability and sustainable fiscal policy. A government's debt portfolio is often the largest in the country and can generate substantial risk to its balance sheet, with potential to undermine key development objectives. Countries therefore need capable debt management offices to design medium-term strategies, which appropriately balance cost and risk, and execute financing transactions efficiently.

Treasury staff consulting in this area have hands-on experience as public debt managers. They take a comprehensive and long-term view of the reform process, supporting clients through technical advice on all aspects of public debt management, as well as training and knowledge products. Our services are grounded in international best practices, extensive research and experience working in many countries.

Tailored advisory engagements in over 40 countries with officials from finance ministries, central banks, and subnational governments

The Treasury team provides support to individual clients through advisory engagements that are customized to specific needs. Clients may draw on a broad range of technical skills in Treasury and the World Bank to address issues such as governance, institutional arrangements, strategy design, risk management, transaction execution and market development. The team has worked with over 40 countries and will support the reform process through the needs assessment, design and implementation stages, as required. More...

Read about Treasury's work in select countries.

Training and Knowledge Products

In addition to leading advisory engagements, our team of public debt management experts publishes original research and leads a comprehensive training and conference program. Public debt managers have access to a range of additional resources to gain insight on best practice and emerging issues in the field of public debt management. The team also collaborates with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit of the World Bank to support capacity-building programs for low income countries.