Kenya's Bilateral loans
  • Kenya’s bilateral loans data show that the Asian giant is still a major lender to Kenya mainly for the development of roads rails and port infrastructure.
  • The country’s debt as of March 2024 comprised of $80.9 billion (Sh10.4trillion) comprising $40.5 billion (Sh5.2 trillion) domestic and same amount in external loans.
  • In the past three months the strong shilling has come in handy in helping the state reduce its debt.

Kenya owes China $7.2 billion (Sh920.52 billion) in loans making it the leading lender by country rankings, even as President William Ruto looks west for more financing and trade cooperation.

Official data shows the Asian giant is still a major lender to Kenya mainly for the development of roads rails and port infrastructure.

It is the second biggest majorl lender after the World Bank, whose credit line to Kenya is currently at an estimated $14 billion (Sh1.8 trillion)

The country’s debt …

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  • The World Bank has approved a $2.25 billion loan for Nigeria to shore up revenue and support economic reforms.
  • $1.5 billion of the loan will help protect millions who have faced growing poverty since a year ago.
  • $750 million, the bank said, will support tax reforms and revenue and safeguard oil revenues threatened with limited production caused by chronic theft.

Nigerian President Tinubu’s economic reforms, including ending decades-long but costly fuel subsidies and unifying the multiple exchange rates have resulted in surging inflation that is at a 28-year high.

Under growing pressure from citizens and workers protesting the hardship, Tinubu’s government said that it was seeking the loan to support its long-term economic plans.

The government said it was also taking steps to boost foreign investment inflows which fell by 26.7 per cent from US$5.3 billion in 2022 to US$3.9 billion in 2023, according to the Nigerian Economic Summit Group

    • The transaction marks the successful outcome of BII and I&M’s equity partnership for over 7 years as AfricInvest takes over.
    • The institution said that the sale to a like-minded investor is one of the most significant transactions in East Africa in recent years and represents a vote of confidence in the region’s financial services sector.
    • It is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, and the Rwandan subsidiary I&M Bank Rwanda PLC is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange.

    British International Investment (‘BII’)

  • British International Investment (‘BII’), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, has sold its 10.1 per cent stake in I&M Group PLC, the Eastern African banking group, to AfricInvest, a leading Pan-African Asset Management platform.

    The acquisition was made through East Africa Growth Holding, a special-purpose vehicle owned by AfricInvest.

  • I&M Group PLC is a leading banking group in Eastern Africa with a presence in Kenya,
  • The National Bank of Rwanda has reported a surge in bank borrowers attributable to intensified awareness campaigns, and the introduction of innovative products.
  • The regulator reports a 40 per cent surge in the number of depositors in commercial banks.
  • However, borrowers in microfinance institutions (MFIs) and Saccos experienced a 15 per cent decline.

Rwanda’s financial services industry witnessed a remarkable uptick in the number of individuals accessing loans from commercial banks, with a 39 per cent rise recorded over 12 months ending on June 30, 2023. This surge was underpinned by proactive measures instituted by the central bank to enhance financial inclusivity in an economy historically dominated by informal and traditional savings mechanisms.

Data released by the National Bank of Rwanda (NBR) reveals a substantial growth in bank borrowers, escalating from 683,851 in June 2022 to 949,778 in June 2023. In contrast, the number of borrowers in microfinance institutions (MFIs) …

  • The funding is designated for the construction of a bridge spanning the River Nile in northwest Uganda and the enhancement of roads stretching over 105 kilometers.
  • Uganda has encountered obstacles in accessing financial support from international institutions like the World Bank, primarily due to policy differences.
  • The loan holds the potential to stimulate job creation, foster entrepreneurship, and spur innovation

Uganda has finalized an agreement with the Saudi Islamic Development Bank (IDB), securing a $295 million loan to bolster infrastructure development, particularly road construction projects across the country. This landmark agreement, signed by Uganda’s Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, and IDB President Muhammad Al Jassar in Riyadh, underscores Uganda’s strategic shift towards diversifying its sources of external funding amidst ongoing negotiations with traditional lenders such as the World Bank.

The financing agreement, which was formalized during Minister Kasaija’s attendance at the 2024 Islamic Development Bank Group Annual Meetings in Riyadh, marks …

  • 19 African Heads of State seek to triple IDA’s financing capacity to $279 billion by 2030.
  • IDA remains [Africa’s] most dependable source of capital, with every dollar of donor financing enabling an additional $3.5 in capital market leverage to amplify development impacts: President Ruto
  • We are united by a shared vision for the future of Africa—a continent rich in diversity, culture, and potential, thanks to its young people and natural resources: The World Bank Group President Ajay Banga.

In a historic gathering of 19 African Heads of State and government in Nairobi, Kenya’s President William Ruto has ramped up calls for increased concessional financing from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA).

The rallying call, which was made during the International Development Association (IDA21) for Africa Heads of State Summit held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, reverberated with urgency and determination.

President Ruto’s plea sought …

  • AfDB asks policymakers to put in place an orderly and predictable way of dealing with Africa’s $824Bn debt pile.
  • According to AfDB, Africa’s ballooning external debt reached $824 billion in 2021.
  • AfDB president says there is urgent need for increased concessional financing, particularly for low-income countries. 

Africa’s immense economic potential is being undermined by non-transparent resource-backed loans that complicate debt resolution and compromise countries’ future growth, African Development Bank (AfDB) President Dr Akinwumi Adesina has said.

Adesina at the Semafor Africa Summit taking place on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank 2024 Spring Meetings, highlighted the challenges posed by Africa’s ballooning external debt, which reached $824 billion in 2021, with countries dedicating 65 per cent of their GDP to servicing these obligations.

He said the continent would pay $74 billion in debt service payments this year alone, a sharp increase from $17 billion in 2010. “I …

  • Remittance inflows for March grew to $407.8 million, up from $385.9 million in February, with the US maintaining its lead as the top source for Kenya’s remittances.
  • This was also higher by 14.2 percent compared to the $357.0 million sent in the same month last year (March 2023), according to official data by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK).
  • The cumulative inflows for the 12 months to March 2024 totaled $4.4 billion compared to USD 4 billion in a similar period in 2023, an increase of 10 percent.

Kenyans living and working abroad sent home more money in March, boosting the country’s forex reserves and supporting families and friends.

Remittance inflows for March grew to $407.8 million, up from $385.9 million in February, with the US maintaining its lead as the top source for Kenya’s remittances.

This was also higher by 14.2 per cent compared to the $357.0 million sent …

  • Zimbabwe is phasing out ZWL as it ushers a new gold-backed currency, ZiG, starting today, Monday, 8 April 2024.
  • The ZiG is anchored by 2.5 tonnes of gold in the central bank’s vault and a basket of foreign currencies held as reserves.
  • Zimbabwe’s new Central Bank Governor has announced sweeping reforms as the new currency enters everyday use.

Zimbabwe launched a new currency on Friday, 5 April 2024, called the Zimbabwe Gold or the ZiG. The launch of the new currency occurred during the announcement of the country’s latest Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) in an event presided over by newly appointed central bank governor John Mushayavanhu.

The MPS introduced measures and interventions to anchor the local currency and ensure exchange rate and price stability. The old currency, the ZWL, had depreciated to its lowest against the US dollar, roughly ZWL 32,000. It lost over 90 per cent of its …

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