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logo Laura Gardner Cuesta Senior Reporter, Debtwire CEEMEA

As Ukraine’s tightly contested presidential race enters its last stretch this week, policy uncertainty is expected to dominate until a very likely second round of elections in April, if not until the October parliamentary polls, market participants told Debtwire. This uncertainty spells bad news for a country reliant on external funding to make USD 20bn in sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt repayments between 2019 and 2021, they said.

logo Laura Gardner Cuesta Senior Reporter, Debtwire CEEMEA

Mozambique continues at the heart of a dramatic debt scandal which has left investors in wait-and-see mode, according to five market participants polled by Debtwire. The government's USD 727m 10.5% 2023 bonds have scarcely traded since January despite many enquiries, said a trader.

logo Asli Orbay Reporter, Arbitration and Litigation, Debtwire CEEMEA

The 2009 financial crisis may have been global, but its effects in each country had a distinctly local flavour. None more so, perhaps, than the United Arab  Emirates, where a highly mobile population of expats faced potential jail time over bounced cheques or defaults on loans.

logo Tomas Cutts Reporter, Russia & CIS, Debtwire

There was little reaction in the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Eurobonds yesterday (19 March) following a surprise resignation announcement from the country’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, after almost 30 years in power, according to three analysts, a trader and a political risk analyst.

logo David Graves Associate Editor, Debtwire

Turkish Eurobond issuance volume year-to-date (YTD) is already double that in 1Q18, following a deluge of Anatolian deals in March, according to a Debtwire analysis. Some USD 9.4bn worth of US dollar- and euro-denominated bonds have been issued so far this year, compared to USD 4.7bn in 1Q18.

logo Laura Gardner Cuesta Senior Reporter, Debtwire CEEMEA

Zimbabwe was in the hot seat this week as rioters took to the streets of Harare and Bulawayo to protest the government’s latest fuel price hikes. The violent police crackdown that ensued, with reports of up to eight deaths, will compromise a government intent on clearing billions of US dollars in arrears and end decades of financial isolation, said market participants.

logo Chris Haffenden Special Project Lead, Project Finance, Acuris Global

As Ghana exits IMF support, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is talking up the prospects for the West-African nation harbouring grandiose ambitions for boosting infrastructure. A recent rebasing of its GDP saw its economy grow 30%, reducing its debt metrics to purportedly sustainable levels, but the latest expansionary budget received a thumbs down from investors, with its 2049 USD bond yields hitting double digits, potentially thwarting its issuance plans.

logo Nicole Tovstiga Reporter, Debtwire

CEEMEA bonds were under pressure again, with a plunging oil price prompting a mid-week sell off before prices settled down as US market participants celebrated Thanksgiving. In the Middle East, spreads widened on the oil market collapse, and liquidity worsened in the CIS/Russian Eurobond market, according to an UAE-based asset manager, a Moscow-based analyst and a London-based trader.

logo Laura Gardner Cuesta Senior Reporter, Debtwire CEEMEA

This week’s collapse in oil prices has sent shockwaves across the GCC credit space, said two UAE-based asset managers and a London-based banker. Both WTI and Brent crude hit a three-year low on Tuesday (13 November), and although prices had stabilised by Thursday, a negative mood has set in, they said.

logo Laura Gardner Cuesta Senior Reporter, Debtwire CEEMEA

The Government of Mozambique’s proposal to restructure its 10.5% 2023 sovereign bonds, submitted today (6 November), is an important step toward reaching a final agreement, according to four market participants. However, questions remain regarding the timeline for implementation, the possibility holdout creditors may drag their feet, and the likely net present value (NPV) recovery rate.

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