Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This typifies a growing debt problem facing Sub-Saharan African (SSA) states borrowing in dollars: as local currencies depreciate on softening commodity prices, repayment costs soar -- threatening added costs of up to 10.8 billion dollars, according to the Overseas Development Institute.
- Currency effects on debt repayments will differ considerably between oil-producers inside the CFA franc zone and those outside, eg, Nigeria.
- SSA exchange rate risks posed by foreign-denominated sovereign bonds would be mitigated by future currency appreciation.
- Weak debt management capacity in SSA treasuries and lack of parliamentary budget offices reduces pressures that may restrain borrowing.
- Absent temporary consumption spikes, states are unlikely to reap lasting economic rewards where debt is used to fund recurrent expenditure.