Sovereign Debt Restructurings in Grenada : Causes, Processes, Outcomes, and Lessons Learned

Author/Editor:

Tamon Asonuma ; Xin Li ; Michael G. Papaioannou ; Saji Thomas

Publication Date:

July 24, 2017

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Summary:

This paper documents the two debt restructurings that Grenada undertook in 2004–06 and 2013–15.Both restructurings emerged as a consequence of weak fiscal and debt situations, whichbecame unsustainable soon after external shocks hit the island economy. The two restructurings provided liquidity relief, with the second one involving a principal haircut. However, the first restructuring was not able to secure long-term debt sustainability. Grenada’s restructuring experience shows the importance of (1) establishing appropriate debt restructuring objectives; (2) committing to policy reforms and maintaining ownership of the restructuring goals; and (3) engaging closely and having clear communications with creditors.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/171

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 24, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484311035/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017171

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

58

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