Debt relief for Côte d’Ivoire

19 July 2012

After decades of struggling with unsustainable debt, Côte d’Ivoire is getting some relief. The country has been granted a reduction in its $7 billion external debt.

The International Money Fund (IMF) and the World Bank have approved the decision to effectively wipe out more than 60 per cent of this amount.

Hyun-Sung Khang spoke to the IMF’s Mission Chief for Côte d’Ivoire, Doris Ross, who explains what this means for West Africa’s largest economy.

Ross says the write-down comes through numerous programmes including what’s known as the heavily indebted poor countries initiative, or the HIPIC Initiative.

Duration: 2'47"


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