International Monetary Fund (IMF)

NEWS: 01.26.2023

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Zambia Debt Alliance and African Sovereign Debt Justice Network Statement on Zambia's Debt Situation ahead of Visits by the IMF Managing Director and the U.S. Treasury Secretary

On the occasion of the visits to Zambia by the IMF MD, Kristalina Georgieva and U.S Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, the Zambia Debt Alliance and the African Sovereign Debt Justice Network (AfSDJN) call upon the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United States, a vital member of the G7 and G20, to take substantial action to address the debt problem faced by Zambia and several other African countries.

NEWS: 01.06.2023

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NEWS: 09.08.2022

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Sri Lanka Gone Broke: Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Challenges Ahead

Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring process is burdened with several challenges. They include typical political and legal challenges, as well as evident geopolitical tensions and possible disruptive investment arbitration based on Sri Lanka’s BITs. Indeed, these atypical challenges will possibly make Sri Lanka’s debt restructuring process more complex and perhaps prolonged, leaving the country more vulnerable. Besides these challenges, debt restructuring might have immediate repercussions on the economy, such as difficulties in attracting foreign investors and losing access to international financial markets. Furthermore, although sovereign debt restructuring could bring the country’s distressed economy back to debt sustainability if appropriately managed, there is no guarantee that it will end the calamities of an insolvent nation grappling with several intertwined crises. Finally, Sri Lanka’s more daunting debt restructuring process will test the existing global financial infrastructure, questioning its adequacy to accommodate the current global economy’s challenges.

NEWS: 6.16.2022

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The Political Economy of the “Bitcoin” Experiment in the Central Africa Republic

Recent developments in the cryptocurrency space have brought the 1942 Churchill words to the fore. Is this the beginning of the end of traditional currency? Or the end of the beginning of digital currency? In April 2021, the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a law adopting bitcoin as an official local currency, alongside the CFA franc. This was part of the country’s broad-based plans to solve exchange rate challenges and integrate cryptocurrencies into its financial system. The signing made the CAR the first African country and the second in the world after El Salvador (which took a similar step on September 7, 2021) to adopt bitcoin as a legal tender. However, CAR’s bitcoin experiment was a controversial move and sparked a backlash from regional and international financial organizations like the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, the CAR’s Presidency believes that the move will “open up new opportunities” for the country. In this paper, I examine some of the political and economic implications of the “Bitcoin” experiment in CAR by answering two questions: is the adoption economically viable? Or is it an attempt to undermine the French-backed CFA franc and close ties with Russia?