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Debt treatment -
May 24, 2012

Supporting agreements with the international institutions

Program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF approved on July 27, 2011

Download the IMF report : Document on the Stand-By Arrangement

Total external debt of the country

$360 million as of December 31, 2011

$6 million of which being due to Paris Club as of May 01, 2012

Amounts treated

Accorded treatment

Restructuring of the public external debt

Categories of debt treated

Treatment of arrears as of April 30, 2012. Treatment of the stock as of May 01, 2012

Treatment of maturities falling due from May 01, 2012 up to June 30, 2014

Repayment profile

Treatment under Classic terms

This agreement reduces by over 90% the debt service due to the Paris Club creditors during the Fund supported program under the Stand-By Arrangement. The representatives of the Creditor Countries agreed on a debt treatment to ensure long term debt sustainability. To this end, they recommended that their Governments deliver a treatment providing a rescheduling of the stock of debt over 20 years, including a 7-year grace period. Consideration is also being given to additional debt relief on a bilateral basis.

Specific provisions

Possibility to conduct debt swaps

On a voluntary and bilateral basis, the Government of each Participating Creditor Country or its appropriate institutions may sell or exchange, in the framework of debt for nature, debt for aid, debt for equity swaps or other local currency debt swaps:

(i) all Official Development Assistance loans;

(ii) the amounts of outstanding credits, loans and consolidations, other than Official Development Assistance loans, up to 20% of the amounts of outstanding credits as of 30 April 2012 or up to an amount of 5 million SDR, whichever is higher.



  • First phase : From May 01, 2012 up to June 30, 2013, implemented at the signature of the agreement
  • Second phase : From July 01, 2013 up to June 30, 2014, implemented on October 08, 2013

Comparability of treatment provision

In order to secure comparable treatment of its debt due to all its external public or private creditors, the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis commits to seek promptly from all its bilateral and commercial external creditors debt reorganisation arrangements on terms comparable to those set forth in the Agreed Minutes dated 24 May 2012, while trying to avoid discrimination among different categories of creditors. Consequently, the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis commits to accord all categories of creditors -and in particular creditor countries not participating in the Agreed Minutes dated 24 May 2012, and private creditors- a treatment not more favourable than that accorded to the Participating Creditor Countries.

For the purpose of the comparison between the arrangements concluded by the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis with its creditors not listed in these Agreed Minutes on the one hand, and with the Participating Creditor Countries on the other hand, all relevant elements shall be taken into account, including the real exposure of the creditors not listed in the Agreed Minutes dated 24 May 2012, the level of cash payments received by those creditors from the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis as compared to their share in Saint Kitts and Nevis' 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 Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the creditors not listed in the Agreed Minutes dated 24 May 2012.

Cut-off date

April 30, 2012

Organisation of the session

The meeting was chaired by Ms. Delphine d'AMARZIT, Co-Chairperson of the Paris Club.

The head of the debtor country's delegation was Rt Hon. Denzil L. DOUGLAS, Primer Minister and Minister of Finance.

Participating creditors

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