Kenya asks World Bank for $750 million development loan

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Keyna has requested a loan of $750 million from the World Bank to fund housing, agriculture and other development projects.

The organisation is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss the request as concerns over Kenya’s rising debt continue – an issue many African nations are once again facing. The request comes after the East African nation secured favourable rates on a $2.1 billion Eurobonds deal despite lacking a number of precautionary measures related to debt management.

Kenya requests World Bank loan

If Kenya’s loan request is approved, the funds will be used to invest in key development projects, including two of the country’s so-called Big Four priorities: affordable housing and agriculture.

Kenya’s central bank said the country’s public debt reached 5.42 trillion shillings (almost $53.5 billion) in March. By the end of last year, the government’s debt was 2.7 trillion shillings, which was equivalent to 52.7% of the country’s GDP, the National Treasury revealed.

Economic experts have warned African nations are facing another debt crisis with 24 countries already having passed the 55% debt-to-GDP ratio. Countries like Kenya face growing pressure to increase rates of development in order to secure more investment but the debt incurred along the way leaves their economies fragile.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.