Jamaica Debt Exchange

 
Author/Editor: David A. Grigorian ; Trevor Serge Coleridge Alleyne ; Alejandro D. Guerson
 
Publication Date: October 09, 2012
 
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Summary: The sovereign debt restructuring operation in Jamaica undertaken in early-2010 was a unique experiment that perhaps offered less by way of upside, if compared to the conventional sovereign debt exchanges, but provided credible assurances against further downfall and financial sector distress. A case study of a highly indebted country with domestically held debt, the paper discusses the conditions leading to the exchange, the rationale behind it, as well as its operational aspects. Achievements of the exchange, too, are discussed in detail. The paper also outlines the risks stemming from the high levels of debt—which continue to remain high—requiring prompt and coordinated action by policymakers if the legacy of the debt exchange is to be preserved.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 12/244
Subject(s): Sovereign debt | Jamaica | Debt restructuring | Debt management

 
English
Publication Date: October 09, 2012
ISBN/ISSN: 9781475512724/2227-8885 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2012244 Pages: 22
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