SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Implications of Kenya’s DSSI accession

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On 11 January, the Paris Club announced that Kenya would benefit from the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) from 1 January to 30 June 2021. At the start of a crucial year in Kenya’s political cycle, the government’s U-turn on an earlier decision not to participate in the initiative does not bode well for the state of public finances. While Kenya has committed to seeking a similar debt service suspension from its other bilateral official creditors, most notably China, this obligation does not extend to its private creditors. Kenya’s decision to join the scheme after all may raise
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