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Poor Countries Seek Bilateral Debt-Relief Efforts After Rebuf From IMF and World Bank

The International Monetary Fund's director dismissed calls debt cancellation from Ghana, Nigeria and other countries on the continent, saying it would adversely impact domestic creditors. (INVESTING) ETHIOPIA: After receiving debt relief from China, Ethiopia is reviving ...

African Legislators Make Vain Appeal For Debt Cancellation 

Legislative leaders from across Africa issued a joint appeal on Tuesday for creditor nations to cancel some of the continent's outstanding debts.  The parliamentarians are meeting this week in Abuja for the first-ever gathering of the Conference of Speakers and Heads of African Parliaments ...

Financial Mega Firm BlackRock, China Both Blamed For Slowing Zambia’s Debt Restructuring Process

Zambia's burgeoning debt crisis is once again in the spotlight as stakeholders exchange blame over who's responsible for blocking a comprehensive deal to restructure the country's $17.3 billion of external debt. Anti-poverty activists are accusing BlackRock, the $10 trillion asset management ...

In the Pandemic Era, China is No Substitute for the IMF on Debt Restructuring

By James Sundquist In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 90 countries have approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for some form of economic assistance. As in decades past, a multitude of developing countries appears to need debt relief or restructuring. Yet, while ...

Uganda Should Borrow Less, Says President

President Yoweri Museveni wants to stop borrowing and would rather finance his government through increased trade and domestic economic activity, according to comments he made this week in an interview with Reuters. "Uganda can do much better without borrowing in my ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Low-Income Country Debt Now Closing In on a Trillion Dollars, Activists Blame G20 States For Ignoring the Problem

Borrowing among the world's poorest countries jumped 12% last year pushing up the total amount owed to a record $860 billion, according to a new report released on Tuesday by the World Bank.  Not surprisingly, World Bank economists ...

Ghana President Akufo-Addo Calls For the Cancellation of All African Debts

Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo issued an urgent call for immediate economic relief, including the total cancellation of all debts owed by African countries, during his address on Tuesday at the Summit on Financing African Economies. Without the ‘fiscal room to breathe,’ Africa could truly become ‘the forgotten continent, ...

China Provides Modest Debt Relief and New Grant to Rwanda

Rwanda's Finance Minister Uzziel Ndagijimana and Chinese ambassador Rao Hongwei announced on Friday that Beijing would forgive $6 million of debt and provide a new $60 million grant to the government in Kigali as part of COVID-19 relief efforts. If the debt forgiveness ...

NGO: The UK, Not China is the Biggest Obstacle To Zambian Debt Relief

The next stage of the Zambian debt default crisis may play out in a London court. NGOs like Oxfam and the Jubilee Debt Campaign contend that because the vast majority of Eurobonds are covered by English law, ...

In a Mostly Symbolic Move, China Relieves Botswana of Its Interest-Free Debt

Chinese ambassador to Botswana, Zhao Yanbo, announced yesterday on Twitter that he had signed an agreement with Botswana's finance minister, Thapelo Matsheka, to exempt a portion of the southern African country's debts so it could allocate more resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. ...
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