World experiencing deepest recessions since Great Depression: World Bank
The world is experiencing one of the deepest recessions since the Great Depression in the 1930s owing to the novel coronavirus, World Bank President David Malpass has said, terming the COVID-19 pandemic a “catastrophic event” for many developing and the poorest countries.
He told reporters that given the extent of the economic contraction, there was a rising risk of disruptive debt crises in countries.
So that has got a lot of focus here at the meetings, Mr. Malpass told the media on Wednesday at the start of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
“The recession has been deep, one of the deepest since the Great Depression. And for many developing countries, and for the people in the poorest countries, it is truly a depression, a catastrophic event. It is continuing to add to the ranks of those in extreme poverty,” he said.