Gordon Brown, Britain's chancellor of theexchequer, is pleased that the deal he sponsored and worked on for many years is now becoming a reality.
"Agreement is now reached on all the elements. The managing director has informed the committee that he will now call the executive board together to complete its approval of the arrangements to deliver debt relief by the end of 2005."
Trevor Manuel, South Africa's finance minister, Sunday announced that the World Bank had joined the International Monetary Fund in endorsing the debt reduction agreement.
"I think we can all say thank you very much to the World Bank and the IMF. The development committee is satisfied as is reflected in the communiqué that those agreements are met."
New World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, agreed that the debt reduction accord is a significant achievement.
"The high point of the meetings is the historic endorsement provided by both the development committee and the IMFC of the G8 proposals to cancel 100 percent of the debts of some of the world's poorest countries," he says.
For the first time, official debts to the IMF and the World Bank are being canceled with the financialshortfallbeing made up by fresh contributions from rich countries. The debt deal was initialed last July at Gleneagles, Scotland at the summit of the leaders of the Group of Eight industrialized countries.
The G8 includes the United States, Japan, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.