Saturday, September 3, 2011

When Fiscal Adjustment is not enough

The mission and the authorities agreed that fiscal adjustment alone will not
ensure debt sustainability (MEFP, paragraph 10). It was recognized that attempts to achieve higher primary fiscal targets over the medium term would not be sustainable unless accompanied by a meaningful reduction in the public debt service burden, which will require burden sharing by all stakeholders. In this context, the authorities have retained debt and legal advisors, publicly announced to seek a comprehensive and substantive restructuring of the public debt, initiated discussions with creditors, and obtained financing assurances from the Paris Club. The authorities’ strategy (Box 4), developed with the assistance of their debt advisors, emphasizes dialogue with all creditors and information transparency (including publishing relevant information on the debt restructuring on their website).
- St. Kitts and Nevis: 2011 Article IV Consultation and Request for Stand-By Arrangement - Staff Report

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