Tony Blair called on the G8 to keep their promises

Support for Debt Relief for the Poorest Countries

Amid criticism the richest countries aren’t keeping their promises, the Swedish government has announced plans to support international debt relief.

Just before the Midsummer holiday the government decided to support the African Development Bank’s initiative for the poorest and most heavily indebted countries, a move launched by the G8 countries last summer. The costs for the program are estimated at 8.5 billion dollars over a 50 year period. Sweden’s share will amount to 5.5 percent.

Last week Foreign Aid Minister Carin Jämtin called on donors to remain committed to their promises to compensate the African Development Bank. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who took the initiative for the effort at last year’s G8 summit, said on Monday the richest industrialised nations have failed to make progress on some of last year’s commitments.

Meanwhile on Monday, Algeria signed an accord with Sweden for early repayment of around 92 million dollars in debt. This follows the approval by the Paris Club of official creditors last month of plans by oil-rich Russia and Algeria, two of the group’s largest borrowers, to make early debt repayments.

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