Podcast: Fix the global debt crisis before it's too late, warns World Bank's David Malpass
Listen: In his final interview as World Bank president, David Malpass sits down with Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast to discuss all things debt. No, not your credit card or mortgage payments, but the sovereign debt that governments use to pay their bills.
Global debt has ballooned to an eye-watering $300 trillion due to decades of low interest that made borrowing money extremely cheap, followed by runaway inflation driven by the pandemic and war in Ukraine. This dynamic has forced a lot of nations––particularly the poorest––to borrow more money than it can pay back.
In a wide-ranging interview, Malpass explains how the global debt crisis got so bad and whether there's any hope of averting economic disaster before it's too late. He also reflects on his tenure as World Bank president, advice for his successor, China's emergence in the 21st century as the world's creditor, and why the US debt limit law needs to be rewritten.
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