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Kenya’s domestic debt refinancing risks rise as more bonds mature - 3 weeks ago, 07:12

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The government faces increased refinancing or roll over risks as more domestic bonds mature within the next year than in the past year, the ministry of finance said.

The International Monetary Fund bumped up the East African nation’s debt distress risk to moderate from low last October, citing rising external commercial borrowing and growing interest payments on public debt.

The maturing of domestic debt is due to shorten, with 43 percent of the debt maturing in less than a year, up from 38 percent the previous year, the Treasury said in a debt management strategy document seen by Reuters on Monday.

This is after it was sent to parliament by the Treasury on Thursday last week.

Market conditions had not been “supportive” of the government’s aim of lengthening the maturity profile of the debt through issuance of longer-dated bonds in the 2017/18 (July-June) financial year, the ministry said.

The 2019 local debt maturities account for ...
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