UAE urges G8, IMF to fulfill Arab Spring pledges

Very little of $73 billion in financing promised to Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan has been handed over by int'l organizations.

Protests in Morocco 311 (photo credit: (Reuters))
Protests in Morocco 311
(photo credit: (Reuters))
ABU DHABI - The United Arab Emirates urged the international community on Thursday to deliver on pledges of billions of dollars of aid that was promised to Arab countries after last year's uprisings but has not been disbursed.
In September, the Group of Eight major nations pledged $38 billion in financing to Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan over 2011-13 under the "Deauville Initiative." The International Monetary Fund promised a further $35 billion to countries affected by Arab Spring unrest.
But very little of that money has actually been handed over, as political instability in needy countries deters some donor governments and institutions, and as other donors struggle with budget pressures of their own.
"We call upon the international community to begin implementing the items set by the Deauville statement, particularly with regards to funding amounts specified," said Younis Haji al-Khouri, undersecretary at the UAE's Ministry of Finance.
He was speaking to a meeting of officials from the G8, Arab states and multilateral lending institutions in Abu Dhabi to discuss economic development after the Arab Spring. Half of the $38 billion is supposed to be provided by G8 and wealthy Arab states, and half by multilateral lenders such as the World Bank.