Tuesday, August 13, 2019
African debt crisis?
Two decades after large-scale debt cancellation began in Sub-Saharan Africa, around one-third of the region’s countries have returned to, or are at imminent risk of, debt distress, according to the IMF. This has increased concerns of a repeat of a 1980s-style debt crisis, which ushered in the region’s fabled ‘lost decade’.
- The Republic of the Congo's prospects of restructuring its commercial debts have increased after its recent bailout agreement with the IMF.
- A speedy resolution to Mozambique’s debt crisis is unlikely after a recent domestic court ruling against its Eurobond-related debt.
- The recent fall in external borrowing reflects tightened market conditions more than reduced debt appetite, and may reverse in better times.