Africa and Public Debt Management


Sound debt management allows African policy makers to develop local-currency bond markets, integrate into a worldwide network of debt managers, and to enhance awareness of advances in Africa among policymakers, investors and others outside the continent. The OECD and African partners are working to create stronger securities markets and to help build the necessary market infrastructure in Africa.


This work is managed through the Africa Centre for Public Debt Management. Located in Midrand, South Africa, the Africa Centre was launched on 30 June 2011 at a ceremony led by South Africa's Deputy Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mario Amano.

OECD and South Africa join forces to create an African sovereign debt management centre

25/05/2011 - On the occasion of the OECD's 50th anniversary ministerial meeting, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan met in Paris to sign a Memorandam of Understanding for the creation of the first African sovereign debt management centre.

African central government debt statistics

African Central Government Debt: Generic cover pageAs part of a G8 action plan for developing bond markets in emerging markets, the OECD database of African central government debt uses OECD methodology to produce reliable statistical data.


First published in 2010, the statistical yearbook on African Central Government Debt provides comprehensive and consistent information on African central government debt instruments. It includes individual country data but also comparative statistics to facilitate pan-African (cross-country) analysis.


‌OECD Forum on African Public Debt Management

Bringing together debt managers, central bankers and other financial officials involved in public debt management in Africa, these high-level meetings initiate dialogue on key debt management policy issues, taking into account public debt management and bond market development needs and objectives from an African perspective:



OECD regional workshops on African Debt Management and Bond Markets

These workshops are jointly organised by the OECD and South African authorities:




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