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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Q&A: Africa’s Role in China’s Global Military Expansion – Defense Expert Unpacks a Thorny Issue

The head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John Aquilino, on Tuesday added to the growing alarm in Washington DC defense circles about the global reach of China’s military. 

Speaking in front of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Aquilino said China is building capacity to seize Taiwan, and: “The PRC also seeks to establish a network of overseas military installations that would extend its reach, allowing support for an increasingly ...

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. ...

Here’s What the G20 Says DSSI Has Accomplished So Far

When the G20 says it has provided $14 billion of "estimated total immediate liquidity provided by official bilateral creditors in 2020 alone," consider that amount is spread across all regions around the world. It falls far short of calls by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy ...
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