Zambia benefits from the debt service suspension initiative
In application of the term sheet of the Debt service suspension Initiative (DSSI) also endorsed by the G20, the Paris Club recognized that the Republic of Zambia is eligible to benefit from the initiative. Therefore, the representatives of the Paris Club Creditor Countries have accepted to provide to the Republic of Zambia a time-bound suspension of debt service due from 1st May to 31st December 2020.
The Government of the Republic of Zambia is committed to devote the resources freed by this initiative to increase spending in order to mitigate the health, economic and social impact of the COVID19-crisis. The Government of the Republic of Zambia is also committed to seek from all its other bilateral official creditors a debt service treatment that is in line with the agreed term sheet.
This initiative will also contribute to help the Republic of Zambia to improve debt transparency and debt management.
Paris Club creditors will continue to closely coordinate with other stakeholders in the implementation phase of this initiative, in particular when considering a possible extension of the suspension period.
1. The Paris Club was formed in 1956. It is an informal group of official creditors whose role is to find coordinated and sustainable solutions to the payment difficulties experienced by borrower countries.
2. The members of the Paris Club which participate in the reorganization of the Republic of Zambia’s debt are the governments of Belgium, France, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Observers to the agreement are representatives of the governments of Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America.