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Old August 23rd, 2013, 05:06 AM   #1
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Kenya's External Debt Watch

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KSH 2.3 Trillion ($26.2 Billion )

63.4% of GDP

Debt Per Citizen: KSH 54,781.25 ($625)

Debt Per Tax Payer:KSH 213,609 ($2,437)


08/22/2013
Population: 42 million
Labor Force: 18.89 million
Unemployment Rate: 43%
2012 EST

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 05:41 AM   #2
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China’s loan to push Kenya debt to Sh2.3trn
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China’s commitment to offer Kenya Sh425 billion loan will push the country’s total debt level past Sh2 trillion, with analysts warning of challenges in servicing the debt.

Total public debt, which stood at Sh1.9 trillion as at the end of May this year, has now soared to Sh2.3 trillion, the highest in Kenya’s history.

The amount has also pushed the foreign debt past the Sh1 trillion mark and made China the top bilateral and single largest lender to Kenya, displacing Japan.

It is, however, the pace at which the country is accumulating the debt that is worrying analysts. As of May this year, total external debt stood at Sh832.2 billion.

“Infrastructure development ultimately provides support to the economy in the long term and the Chinese financial inflow is certainly a boost to overall development. We are, however, likely to have serious challenges in servicing the debts,” University of Nairobi economics lecturer Dr Samuel Nyandemo told the Nation.

The country’s total debt was already past the 50 per cent GDP, at 52 per cent, by May 2013, a level experts say a country should start to get concern on its sustainability.

The government already faces a huge challenge in financing domestic debt that currently stands at more than Sh1 trillion.

The cumulative interest and other charges on domestic debt rose to Sh101.7 billion in the year to May 2013, compared to Sh74.2 billion over a similar period in 2012.

“If the investment can yield returns in a much shorter time, then it is a good move. If the repayment period given is longer than the time the projects to be invested in are to mature, then the projects could yield better results in the economy,” said head of Sustainable Aid in Africa International, Mr Alfred Okeyo.

Early in the week, President Uhuru Kenyatta led the government in signing several bilateral agreements that would see China, the second largest economy in the world, extend financial support to Kenya in a raft of economic partnerships.

One of the key projects that China is expected to support is the construction of a modern railway line connecting the port of Mombasa to Uganda through Malaba.

Another project is enhancing efficiencies at the port, a key trade route serving landlocked countries which include Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kenya is also constructing a port in Lamu as part of the Lamu and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor.

By May this year, China’s debt to Kenya stood at Sh63.8 billion ($750 million). The additional Sh425 billion ($5 billion) pushes the debt to almost Sh500 billion.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:15 AM   #3
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It's good to see Kenyans questioning the government. But dem Jubilee pets be bending over too much
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United States: 106%
Germany: 142%
Malawi: 24%
Liberia: 22%
Luxenborg: 3,443%
etc etc.
wikipedia.org

Ofcourse there are developed countries with no eternal debt, and developing countries with a lot more, but you get the picture right? It's not what ammount of debt you have, it's how you use your loans. Like a startup business can borrow a million dollars to get going, and either misuse it then file for bankrupcy, or else use it well and grow to the size of Apple or Wallmart, and easily pay back the million dollars. Do you think Italy would be having poblems with 5 billion$?
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Old August 26th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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Exactly. As long as the loan will be used wisely, there is nothing to worry about.
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Old August 28th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #6
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United States: 106%
Germany: 142%
Malawi: 24%
Liberia: 22%
Luxenborg: 3,443%
etc etc.
wikipedia.org

Ofcourse there are developed countries with no eternal debt, and developing countries with a lot more, but you get the picture right? It's not what ammount of debt you have, it's how you use your loans. Like a startup business can borrow a million dollars to get going, and either misuse it then file for bankrupcy, or else use it well and grow to the size of Apple or Wallmart, and easily pay back the million dollars. Do you think Italy would be having poblems with 5 billion$?
Corruption is the only reason Kenya isn't developed now, we have all the resources to achieve first world status. The way I see it is really simple. Have a vision then: First, find out what all sectors need across the country, second budget or put monetary values to it, third continuously fund it until it's done as we monitor progress and review emerging needs. So that's the vision and how up get there. The beauty is that we budget and pay taxes annually or always. This makes it easy to find even long term projects, even if takes 20 Yeats to finish, we'll get there. But we have had leaders who either had no capacity to envision or corrupt or both. Development is a pretty straight forward thing. That's how I see it. You need vision and not to be corrupt to achieve.
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The external debt is now at KES 2.7 trillion according to https://tradingeconomics.com/kenya/external-debt
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