Standard Chartered Lends Zambia $134 Million to Finance Roads
Zambia borrowed $134 million from Standard Chartered Plc to help fund the road sector, according to a finance ministry official.
The borrowing plan was included in the 2017 budget, Mukuli Chikuba, permanent secretary at the finance ministry, said in a text message on Tuesday. The loan is the second that Standard Chartered has arranged for the government since a $450 million syndicated deal in the first half of 2016.
Five new loans worth $296 million were contracted in the first half of the year, according to the ministry’s mid-year economic review. The country’s external debt grew to $7.4 billion by the end of June, the report shows.
Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, is in talks to secure a $1.3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and plans to present an economic program to the lender’s board by year-end. Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-19/standard-chartered-le...
By Taonga Clifford Mitimingi and Matthew Hill