Local Currency Debt Markets in the West African Economic and Monetary Union

Author/Editor:

Amadou N Sy

Publication Date:

November 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper reviews trends and developments in the rapidly growing local currency debt markets in the WAEMU. The main findings are that common institutions, such as a regional central bank and securities exchange have led to high cross-border transactions within the union. However, excess liquidity in the regional banking system has led to limited credit differentiation among issuers and a reliance on supply and demand conditions as a key determinant of yields. The paper also discusses a number of policy issues, including debt management, that are likely to emerge as the markets for government securities continue to develop.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/256

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451868197/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007256

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

17

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