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21 Aug 2017   Americas, Policy

Capital Market Reform: An Outstanding Bill for Argentina’s Economy

Argentina’s local markets have trailed behind its South American peers for years, and president Mauricio Macri’s ambitious reform package aims to change that; it will depend, however, on him securing enough political capital in October’s midterm elections to pass the legislation through Congress first.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 3 August – 17 August

Middle Eastern air carriers’ passenger growth disappoint – Goldman Sachs bough a piece of Aramco’s credit facility – Saudi Arabia mulls local sukuk – TAQA to refinance US$500mn bond - Doha Bank to sell UAE credit assets – Egypt’s FDI hit US$48.7bn – Bahrain picks banks for US bond – Iraq bond issuance received US$6.6bn in orders – Jordan might tap the international markets in 2017

In Cotton and Textiles, Nigeria’s Import Restrictions Create Opportunities for Mid-Sized Players

The domestic cotton and textiles sectors used to be a huge contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, but massive growth in the oil sector coupled with declining government support has marginalised the industry. Sumit Jain, CFO of West African Cotton Company (WACOT), talks to Bonds & Loans about how the company is working with the government to boost domestic production of cotton and foodstuffs, and how stringent import restrictions and FX shortages – among the biggest challenges facing Nigerian corporates – have created new opportunities for mid-market players.

Benefits, Standards, and Price Harmonisation in the Sustainable Finance Market

MUFG has a wealth of expertise in energy and natural resource infrastructure finance, which lends itself quite nicely to understanding how to measure risk in areas ripe for green bonds and similar instruments, and the bank is of course very active in bringing borrowers into the green bond market. We speak with Geraint Thomas, Executive Director at MUFG and leader of the bank’s green capital markets activity to learn more about how EM issuers and investors are finding their way in the green bond market, and the development of new sustainable finance instruments.

Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 13 July – 28 July

CBR keeps rates steady, readies sale of OBR bonds – Nickel production in Russia to remain flat this year – Naftogaz increases compensation demand from Russia by US$5bn – Engie may pull out of Nordstream 2 – Albaraka Turk readies US$400mn issuance – Bank lending in Turkey to rise in 2018

Economic Woes hit Project Finance in Turkey

Project finance in Turkey continues to decline as geopolitical fears, high financing costs and low energy prices put a dent in demand and further strain the local lenders assets.

Brazil: An Indecent proposal

The latest tax regularization program proposed initially by the government of Brazil had merits, but its subsequent disfigurement by Congress – turning it into a kind of “default forgiveness” – is going to aggravate fiscal challenges rather than help solve them.

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 27 July- 9 August

South African economy likely to return to growth – Nigerian government secures a loan from AfDB – Nigeria’s green bond suspended once again – Democratic Republic of Congo’s inflation to hit 44.64% – Kenya’s Treasury bonds outperforming the corporate debt – Rosneft seeks to open offices in Mozambique – Ghana sold a 5-year bond – Republic of Congo is heading for a default – Zimbabwe to double its bond issuance

Off the Record: Global Investors On Concerns and Opportunities in Emerging Market Debt

The rally in EM assets this year seems all but unstoppable as investors continue hunting for yield further afield amidst persistently low interest rates in developed markets and a weakened US dollar. Is it set to continue? Bonds and Loans speaks with global investors one-on-one about macro trends influencing EM debt capital markets.

Dufil Prima Foods COO: ‘Nigeria’s Regulators Need to Streamline Bond Compliance Process’

Nigerian regulators have made progress on managing the country’s challenging FX situation and narrowing the gap between official and black-market currency exchange rates, giving a much-needed boost to investor confidence. Madhukar Khetan, COO, of Dufil Prima Foods, which is lining up its debut bond issuance after nearly a year of planning, says the government now needs to tackle the regulatory compliance process associated with issuing if it is to have any hope of jolting the country’s capital markets back to life.

 

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