The annual meetings of the OECD Working Party on Public Debt Management bring together debt managers from OECD countries to discuss topical issues relating to debt management operations and government bond markets
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The first issue of the Statistical Yearbook on African Central Government Debt was published earlier this year. This article provides an overview of the publication which contains comprehensive and consistent information on African central government debt instruments. It includes both individual country data and comparative statistics to facilitate cross-country analysis.
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This article summarises discussions held at the 11th OECD-WBG-IMF Global Bond Market Forum where withdrawal of policy stimulus and sovereign risk were singled out as the two biggest concerns for investors. It addresses the continuing challenge of measuring sovereign risk, the need for more reliable indicators of sovereign risk to help make appropriate investment decisions and how difficult circumstances have forced sovereign issuers
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The various existing methods for calculating short-term borrowing requirements can result in distorted estimates. This article proposes a new method that yields economically meaningful results that can also be used to make cross-country comparisons.
Read about OECD efforts to help governments improve the domestic and global policies that affect business and markets in the wake of the global economic crisis.
Organised in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 5-7 May 2010, this workshop provide an opportunity for African countries to discuss practical market-infrastructure issues which are of major concern for debt managers in the African debt markets.
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OECD governments are facing ongoing, unprecedented challenges in raising large volumes of funds at lowest possible cost, while balancing refinancing, repricing and interest rate risks. Gross borrowing needs of OECD governments are expected to reach almost USD 16 trillion in 2009, up from an earlier estimate of around USD 12 trillion. The tentative outlook for 2010 shows a stabilising borrowing picture at around the level of USD 16
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Tougher issuance conditions related to the surge in government borrowing needs are the reasons why issuance arrangements have not always been working as efficiently as before the crisis. This prompted debt management offices (DMOs) in the OECD area to review existing issuance policies and procedures. The crisis also had an impact on the use of indicators or guidelines relating to the key risks of the maturity structure of issuance or
Organised in Paris back-to-back with the 19th Annual OECD Global Forum on Public Debt Management, discussions focused on an exchange of information on ongoing activities regarding African Public Debt Management and Bond Markets.
Taking place in Paris, discussions at the Forum focused on the impact of the global financial crisis on funding needs and borrowing strategies in different regions, new policy challenges for Asian debt managers and urgent policy changes in the new borrowing landscape.