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Latin America Credit Markets Brief: 9 November – 23 November

Brazil to buy back USD1.82bn of sovereign bonds – Pemex issued a GBP450mn bond – Petrobras inked a USD1bn secured loan – Chile holds rates – Electricidad de Caracas defaulted in a 2018 bond – Venezuela gets downgraded to ‘SD’ – Venezulean authorities arrested top Citgo executives – Entre Rios tapped the international markets with a USD150mn

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 09 November – 22 November

Kingdom Holdings halts borrowing plans – Citigroup will begin operations in KSA in early 2018 – London Court rules in favour of Dana’s bondholders – ADNOC secures USD6bn dual-tranche loan – Mazoon Electric Company issues a USD500mn sukuk – Lebanon carries out a debt swap – CIB to increase Tier 2 capital

China’s Funding Options for Belt & Road: Will Emerging Markets Make Hay or Get Shut Out?

Unperturbed by global economic woes, geopolitical tensions and the rise of populism in the West, China is committing itself to the largest infrastructure development project since the Great Wall. But the costs of the grand project are expected to run into hundreds of billions of dollars and, with the Chinese banking sector already over-leveraged, questions arise over its ability to finance projects and the funding alternatives available to it.

Telecoms Boom to Drive MENA Infrastructure Development Programmes

As GCC states embark on their massive USD3tn infrastructure development journey, the arrival of Amazon, Oracle and other global tech giants could push the telecoms sector into the frontline of that programme. But finding the funding for this costly venture at a time when oil prices are still low and coffers are thinning could prove challenging for the region.

Emerging Markets’ Greatest Bond Villain: Venezuela Enters Record-Breaking Default

In one of the strangest debt crises in recent history, a defiant president Maduro vowed to continue servicing Venezuela’s debt as global ratings and debt settlement agencies declared the sovereign and state-oil giant PDVSA in default. How long can the charade continue?

Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 02 November – 16 November

Petropavlovsk sold USD500mn of fresh debt –– PSB gets downgraded – Rosneft’s shares take a hit due to Venezuelan crisis – Venezuela and Russia agree on debt restructuring –ABLV placed USD40mn of unsubordinated notes – Belarus to issue USD600mn next year – The government to support Turkey’s export sector

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 01 November – 15 November

AfDB issued a USD2bn bond –Afreximbank to mobilise USD100bn to finance new trade deals – First Rand Bank secures dual-tranche syndicated loan – Nigeria to seek USD5.5bn in foreign borrowing – Namibia to boost public spending – DRC fails to account funds from Chinese loan – Chad and Glencore to talk debt restructuring – Army detains Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe

Brazil: There’s No National Saviour

The Temer administration appears to have lost the communication battle. It has achieved several advances on the economic agenda, and according to Carlos Pereira, this has been achieved at a cost – in terms of cabinet appointments and budget allocations in favour of lawmakers – lower than that paid under previous presidents. All the same, mistrust prevails, with a distorted interpretation of more or less any initiative undertaken by government.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 25 October – 08 November

Saudi bonds fall as officials arrested amid anti-graft crackdown – Saudi PFI to contribute USD20-40bn to Blackstone-run fund – Egypt secures USD653mn financing for 13 solar projects – APICORP to issue USD500mn sukuk – ADNOC eager to pen USD6bn loan from syndicate of 13 banks – Bank Sohar issues a OMR100mn perp – Bahrain reportedly calls for GCC to freeze Qatar membership

Private Participation in Water, Wastewater Projects: Applying the GCC Experience Across META

The saying ‘water is the new oil’ has never been more accurate than it is today. The Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) contains some of the world’s most water-scarce regions. Population growth and urbanisation have led to a rising demand for water and growing levels of wastewater. Increasing water production and ensuring efficient, effective wastewater treatment are essential to the continued development of the META region.

 

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