07.09.08

Seychelles to reschedule debt

Posted in Business and Economy, International Organisations, Seychelles offshore jurisdiction at 12:53 pm by Robert Klien

In the end of June, the Minister for Finance Danny Faure said that Seychelles has officially started the process of debt rescheduling. This process aims at rescheduling and partly writing off its bilateral debt.

Details of recent approaches by the government to the Paris Club, an international grouping of financial officials from 19 of the richest countries in the world, over the Seychelles’ debt, were given to the National Assembly by Minister Danny Faure. The debt now stands at R1.15 billion.

According to Mr Faure, the money borrowed over the years through Seychelles’ bilateral relations with countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Russia has been invested in the socio-economic development of the Seychelles.

Faure said that the President, the minister of finance, the minister of foreign affairs and other government officials have contacted institutions like the African Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank in order to rally support for negotiation on Seychelles’ debt.

Mr Faure said that the Paris Club wants to move forward with the debt issue, but it needs an indication that the jurisdiction wants to negotiate a programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Minister also stressed that the country already enjoys good relations with the IMF. So, the process has already begun.

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