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Debt treatment -
September 15, 2009

Supporting agreements with the international institutions

IMF programme supported by an Arrangement under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) approved on December 22, 2006

Download the IMF report : Completion Point Document for the Enhanced Initiative for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC)

Total external debt of the country

$1 050 million as of December 31, 2008

$59 million of which being due to Paris Club as of June 01, 2009

Amounts treated

$49 million of which $49 million being canceled

Accorded treatment

Reduction of the debt following Central African Republic’s having reached its Completion Point under the enhanced initiative for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (enhanced HIPC Initiative) on 30 June 2009

Categories of debt treated

Treatment of arrears as of May 31, 2009

Treatment of the stock as of June 01, 2009

Repayment profile

Treatment under HIPC Initiative Exit terms

Creditors also commited on a bilateral basis to grant additional debt relief for an amount of US$ 6.5 million. As a result of this agreement and additional efforts, the Central African Republic's debt to Paris Club creditors will be reduced from US$ 59.3 million to US$ 3.7 million.

Comparability of treatment provision

The Central African Republic was declared eligible to the enhanced HIPC Initiative by the IDA and the IMF in 2007 and was declared to have reached its Completion Point in June 2009. In this context, the Central African Republic commits to seek promptly from all its external creditors which are not participating in the Agreed Minutes dated 15 September 2009, their appropriate contribution in terms of debt relief to the enhanced HIPC Initiative, on top of traditional debt relief mechanisms and consistent with the proportional burden sharing based on their relative exposure in net present value of total external debt at Decision Point after the full use of traditional debt relief mechanisms.

The appropriate nature of the debt relief provided will be assessed not only on the basis of the reduction in the net present value of the debt as computed under Appropriate Market Rate, but also on the terms of repayment of the debts not cancelled. For this purpose, all relevant elements will be taken into account, including the level of cash payments received by those creditors as compared to their share in the Central African Republic's external debt, the nature and characteristics of all treatment applied, including debt buy backs, and all characteristics of the reorganized claims and in particular their repayment terms whatever forms they take and in general the financial relations between the Central African Republic and creditor countries not listed in the Agreed Minutes dated 15 September 2009.

Consequently, the Central African Republic commits not to accord any category of external creditors -and in particular creditor countries not participating in the Agreed Minutes dated 15 September 2009, commercial banks, suppliers and bondholders- a treatment more favourable than that accorded to the Participating Creditor Countries.

Cut-off date

January 01, 1983

Organisation of the session

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Julien RENCKI, Vice Chairman of the Paris Club.

The head of the debtor country's delegation was Mr. Abdalla-Kadre ASSANE, Delegate Minister for Finance and Budget in charge of Fiscal Revenue Mobilisation.

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