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Debt: Kenya should learn from economic history - 13 Mar 2018 10:10

The Eastafrican

Since Kenya issued its first sovereign bond in 2015, the question of whether it was the prudent action to take remains, besides the unresolved issues of whether the full proceeds of that bond found their way into the country and how the money was spent. The government had many arguments going for the Eurobond, not least those by super optimistic Africans who had worked with investment banks, that the sovereign bond was the way to go because overdependence on bilateral loans and aid from other sovereigns was “dead aid.” A fortnight ago, Kenya again “celebrated” the second issue of a Eurobond worth $2 billion which, Kenyans were informed, was oversubscribed sevenfold. Between the two Eurobonds, the country has borrowed syndicated loans from commercial lenders and other loans from development banks, including the China Development Bank Corporation, the East & South African Development Bank and the Africa Export Import Bank; and ...
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