Sovereign Debt Restructurings in Belize: Achievements and Challenges Ahead

 
Author/Editor: Tamon Asonuma ; Gerardo Peraza ; Kristine Vitola ; Takahiro Tsuda
 
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
 
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Summary: This paper examines the causes, processes, and outcomes of the two Belize sovereign debt restructurings in 2006–07 and in 2012–13 that occurred outside of an IMF-supported program. It finds that the motivation for the two debt restructurings differed, as the former was driven by external liquidity concerns while the latter was motivated by a substantial increase in the coupon rates and future fiscal solvency concerns. Despite differential treatment between residents and non-residents, both 2006–07 and 2012–13 debt exchanges were executed through collaborative engagement, due in part to the existence of a broad-based creditor committee and the authorities’ effective communication strategy. However, while providing temporary liquidity relief, neither of the debt restructurings properly addressed long-term debt sustainability concerns. Going forward, the success of the 2012–13 debt restructuring will still depend on the country’s ability to strengthen fiscal efforts and public debt management framework.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 14/132
Subject(s): Sovereign debt restructuring | Belize | External debt | Debt restructuring | Debt sustainability

 
English
Publication Date: July 22, 2014
ISBN/ISSN: 9781498369510/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2014132 Pages: 28
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