U.S. leads pushback against emerging market angst at G20

Feb 22 2014, 20:09 IST
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Emerging nations want the U.S. Federal Reserve to calibrate its winding down of stimulus. Reuters Emerging nations want the U.S. Federal Reserve to calibrate its winding down of stimulus. Reuters
SummaryU.S. Treasury chief Lew tells emerging markets to get house in order...

The world's rich nations pushed back on Friday against emerging market complaints about the spillover effects of their monetary polices, saying they had to get their own houses in order and get with the agenda of boosting global growth.

As finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the Group of 20 developed and emerging countries gather ahead of a weekend meeting in Sydney, many are already talking at cross purposes.

Emerging nations want the U.S. Federal Reserve to calibrate its winding down of stimulus so as to mitigate the impact on their economies and financial markets. Developed members reply that the troubles in the emerging world are mostly homegrown and domestic interest rates have to be set with domestic recoveries in mind.

A draft of the communique, reported by Bloomberg News, highlighted how the push for growth had trumped concerns about volatility in emerging markets that had threatened to overshadow the meeting.

"We commit to developing new measures to significantly raise global growth, while maintaining fiscal sustainability," Bloomberg quoted the draft as saying.

"We recognize accommodative monetary policy settings in advanced economies will need to normalise in due course, in line with stronger growth."

Developed market policymakers see little risk of the recent market turmoil spiralling into the kind of contagion which prompted concerted and coordinated action from the G20 following the global financial crisis.

"Emerging markets need to take steps of their own to get their fiscal house in order and put structural reforms in place," U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said at a financial conference in Sydney ahead of the ministerial meetings.

That was a sentiment very much echoed by the finance ministers of Japan, Britain and Germany.

German's Wolfgang Schaeuble told CNBC that emerging countries first had to do their homework, before demanding solidarity from the rest of the G20.

Japan's Taro Aso said the Fed's tapering of its stimulus programme was positive as it reflected an improving U.S. economy, even if it raised the risk of sharp capital outflows from other countries.

"It is important for emerging economies to correct these things by making their own efforts," Aso said in Tokyo.

Developing nations from South Africa to Turkey to Russia have seen their currencies crumble in recent months as the prospect of higher returns in the United States sucked foreign funds from their economies.

South Korea Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Strategy and Finance Hyun Oh Seok suggested the Fed and other major central banks could at least strive

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