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Debt Sustainability in Low-Income Countries: Further Considerations on an Operational Framework and Policy Implications

Prepared by the Staffs of the IMF and World Bank

Approved by Gobind Nankani and Mark Allen

September 10, 2004

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Contents

Executive Summary
I.   Introduction
II.   The Analytical Framework
  A.   Threshold Analysis
    Assessing Policies and Institutions
    Interpreting Movements in Discount Rates
    The Different Roles of Debt and Debt-Service Indicators
    Interaction With the HIPC Initiative
  B.   Analysis of Debt Dynamics
    Coverage of Debt
    Clarification of Discount and Exchange Rate Rules
    Assessing Debt Sustainability in Practice-The Case of Uganda
III.   Modalities for Collaboration
  A.   Preparing Debt Sustainability Analyses
    Dialogue with Country Authorities and Other Creditors
    Need for Bank-Fund Collaboration in Preparing DSAs
  B.   Addressing or Averting a Debt Sustainability Problem
    Underlying Principles and Choices
    Responding to a Sustainability Problem
IV.   Implications for World Bank and IMF Operations
  A.   Implications for IDA
  B.   Implications for Fund-Supported Programs and Surveillance
V.   Conclusions and Next Steps
VI.   Issues for Discussion
Tables
1.   Indicative Policy-Dependent Debt and Debt-Service Thresholds
2.   NPV-Based Debt Indicators for IDA/PRGF-Eligible Countries
Boxes
1.   The CPIA Review Process
2.   Link Between Debt and Debt-Service Projections
3.   Proposed Low-Income Country Debt Distress Classifications
4.   Illustrating the Decision Rule: The Case of Kyrgyz Republic
Figures
1.   Movements in Discount Rates
Appendices
1.   Dealing with Domestic Debt (including Country Case Studies)
2.   Assessing Debt Sustainability in Practice-The Case of Uganda

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