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Moldova's foreign debt rises to $6.51 bln at end-Sep - table

Moldova's foreign debt rises to $6.51 bln at end-Sep - table Debts (Author: License: all rights reserved.

CHISINAU (Moldova), January 3 (SeeNews) - Moldova's foreign debt rose to $6.51 billion (6.16 billion euro) at the end of September from $6.34 billion at end-2015, data from the country's central bank, BNM, showed on Tuesday.

The 2.6% increase was mainly due to financial assistance received by Moldova in 2016 from international lending institutions and neighbouring Romania, BNM data showed.

In August, Romania unlocked the first tranche of 60 million euro of a total loan of 150 million euro. The agreement on the five-year loan with an interest rate of 1.5% was signed in October 2015. Other countries that lent to Moldova in 2016 through September were Russia ($50 million) and Japan ($65 million).

In November, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) executive board approved a $178.7 million three-year funding arrangements with Moldova aimed to support the country’s economic and financial reform programme. The new loan adds to the existent $123.5 million debt Moldova has to repay the IMF for previous financial assistance.

At end-September, Moldova also owed a total of $598 million to the World Bank Group and $165 million to the European Investment Bank.

Details follow (in millions of dollars):

  end-Sep 2016 end-2015
General government 1,468.63 1,353.69
Monetary authorities 302.21 339.29
Banks 309.52 351.56
Other sectors 3,341.76 3,200.75
Direct investment: inter-company lending 1,088.37 1,093.10
TOTAL 6,510.49 6,338.39

The end-of-month foreign debt figures released by the BNM exclude trade credits, non-resident deposits in Moldovan banks and local currency in possession of non-residents. The BNM releases figures for those liabilities quarterly, in a balance of payments report.

($=0.9476 euro)