Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Debt Restructuring Deal

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By Yohane Mbeeya Moono

History

Zambian government under the Patriotic Front had a accrued unsurmountable amount of deal in order to improve the infrastructure of the country. However, the Eurobonds were not invested into income generating avenues and when it was concluded that the country needed Debt Relief, the Patriotic Front led government initiated the Debt Restructuring Programme. The programme demanded that the government should greater commitment to fiscal discipline.
In November of 2019, then President His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu launched and Economic Recovery Plan which centred on Zambia securing an International Monetary Fund Bailout Package and restructuring Zambia’s insurmountable debt mountain that had left the economy is distress.
In August 2021, Zambia experienced a change of government and the New Dawn Administration under the United Party for National Development committed to ensuring that the Debt Restructuring Programme is attained. The Zambian government committed to being under an International Monetary Fund Bailout Package programme. This meant that the country’s commitment to improve fiscal discipline and social services would closely supervised by the International Monetary Fund. Though the initiatives are to be home grown by the government.
In June of 2022, the International Monetary Fund agreed on the Bailout Package because the Zambian government had attained the desired conditions for the Bailout Package. However, the critical issue remained at convincing the Zambian creditors to give Zambia some much needed debt relief in order for the country to commit substantial amounts into the resuscitating of the struggling economy.
It is worthy noting that Zambia because the first country in the pandemic era to default on debt payments. The country’s economy being in distress meant that the country could not afford to pay the debt. The Zambian government as of 2020 was spending about 56% of its revenue on debt repayment.

Why Debt Restructuring

The Zambian government is cognizant that she needs to pay her debt to the creditors but needs more time to transform her economic fortunes and be able to pay the debt. Therefore, the Zambian government committed to the Creditors to extend the payment period and reduced payment rates for the said debts.
The debt in question is mostly owed to commercial lenders who do not want to lose their investments but were open to having the debt paid over a longer period of time. Zambia had to give assurances to the lenders that their monies would be paid but not at a time when the economy was in distress. Hence the plea to have the debt payment suspended for three years and resume paying in 2026 when the country’s economy would have improved.
On June, 2023, the International Monetary Fund Chief Executive Officer announced that Zambia had reached the milestone agreement with the official creditors committee on the Debt Restructuring. The Creditors Committee was co-chaired by France and China with South Africa doubling the Vice Chair.
The Zambian President had been globe trotting to ensure that the Debt Restructuring Deal is clinched. The announcement of the deal being sealed and signed represents greater milestone for the aspirations of Zambia to transform her economic fortunes. Apart from globe trotting, the Zambian President has been engaging the different Presidents in order to have the deal reached.

What does It Mean for The Zambian Economy

The Zambian government had announced that once the deal of debt restructuring is clinched, this would allow the country to channel more money into the economy more especially income generating avenues in order to create more jobs for the Zambian population which sometimes cannot be patience. Additionally, more money would be channelled towards the improvement of the Education and Health sectors as well as the Agriculture sector.
The Zambian government through the Industrial Development Corporation needs to step up the establishment of industries like the Kalene Hills Fruit Company and the Katete Fruit Company as well as the Munushi Banana Plantation. The government now needs to attract more investments because the much needed investors should be restored with the deal being clinched. The country now needs all economically driven sectors to start functioning properly. The deal should act as the stimulus to spur the country to greater economic development.

Zambia needs to aggressively champion the transformation of the economy in order to be able to be ready to repayment the debt. Zambia has been given debt relief for 20 years and a grace period of 3 years meaning that in the next three years the country shall not worry about debt repayment but development and growth of the economy in order to be ready to pay the debt beginning 2026.

Time has come for the country to improve the economic fortunes

15 COMMENTS

  1. I am in kabwata right now with my f00Iish friends. I am almost drunk whiskey since 13 hrs. A silly upnd thug walked in shouting about celebrating the imf debt restructuring deal. He has been booed badly by the entire bar hahahaha yoyoyo. I can see that the author of this article is t0nga by tribe, I have not read it but would I be wrong to assume he is praising the restructure deal? I know these tribalists

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    • Bollocks can you afford even a tot brother
      As the imperialists say YOU FLOGGING A DEAD HORSE
      much like your party

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    • Omedy is the author praising the imf deal or not,? If he is, then how can I just guess that by his tribal affiliation? It says alot about upnd as a party.

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    • Bongo man it is clear you lack bongo bongo. Read my posts again and try to understand what am saying.

  2. Give praise where it is due. HH is just a credible, dynamic, visionary and hard working national and international good servant. If most African nations and other overseas nations are able to praise HH for what he is doing, the Zambians should be proud to have such a leader.

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    • Some of us are not blind tribal followers. We engage our brain to objectively analyse things. I asked earlier on where you have seen a creditor celebrating a positive development for their debtor? When your creditor is happy with a deal, know that they are gaining more from it than you are. If you think you can rely and trust those imperialists who stole your resources and sold you as slaves then you are more naive than I thought

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  3. Predatory and correlation is for politicians to get reelected, it’s not how you build a lasting economy for generations to come.

  4. I like this article very informative but for some reason its not flowing, would love to read into the authors voice or opinion the article reads like the author has just hastily copied pasted pieces here and there without taking time to put it in his own words.

  5. It is disheartening to read something with so many grammatical mistakes. Why don’t people proofread their articles before they post? Even the editor is not helping. I am sorry, I could not finish reading this. I know it may be good, but the kapenta is spoilt by the sand!

    • I am sure if you ran this article through my former University’s Plagiarism Checker it would light up like a xmas tree covered in red santas. Yes I for one make mistakes on comments here as you can not edit them once submited but these chaps including this author going by his resume should double check and at least acknowledge their sources in their articles.

  6. Congratulations for the done deal. 23 years is a long time to be given as a breather. 2046, is our new deadline.
    By the way, how did it all happen
    for Bal_ly “globetrotting” without ever setting foot in China?

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