Browsing: Africa’s debt

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Rwanda’s economy displayed strong growth, with a 9.2 per cent expansion in the first quarter of 2023, following an 8.2 per cent growth in 2022. However, recent floods resulted in loss of life and infrastructure destruction, leading to a projected moderation of momentum to 5.8 per cent in 2023, slightly lower than the pre-disaster forecast of 6.2 per cent.…

Eurobond Source- Maxwell Investments Group


Indeed, African governments are reaping a plethora of benefits from the inclusion by international financial markets to broaden the scope of their funding sources, swiftly abandoning foreign aid and traditional multilateral institutions.  

International financial markets have opened a window thereby providing a suitable platform for African governments to borrow, chiefly for capital spending through Eurobonds issuance. However, this opportunity has been watered down by overexploitation through excessive borrowing. Consequently, debt has been accumulating devoid of a meticulous assessment of risks posed and the consequences thereof, such as exchange rates and the real repayment costs for the piling debt.  

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pinpointed a total of 17 African countries, with outstanding Eurobonds as near or under debt distress. African governments have been borrowing through issuing Eurobonds which are international bonds supplied by a country in a foreign currency, commonly in US dollars and euros which allows them