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Public Debt Sustainability in Africa: Building Resilience and Challenges Ahead

Mthuli Ncube () and Zuzana Brixiová ()

Development Policy Review, 2015, vol. 33, issue 5, 555-580

Abstract: type="main" xml:id="dpr12126-abs-0001"> The increased access of African countries to international capital markets has put public debt sustainability at the forefront of the continent's policy agenda. Utilising the ‘stabilising primary-balance’ approach, this article finds that the actual primary balances exceeded those required to keep public debt at the 2007 level in about half the countries studied, and in several cases, those needed to reduce public debt-to-GDP to sustainable thresholds. The interest rate-growth differential (IRGD) drove sustainability, underscoring the importance of growth and borrowing for growth-enhancing outlays. As the IRGDs are likely to narrow over the longer term, fiscal policies will need to play a greater role.

Date: 2015
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