As of December 1, 2016 Belarus’ external state debt totaled $13.5 billion, up by $1.071 billion or by 8.6% since the beginning of the year (taking into account differences in currency exchange rates), representatives of the Belarusian Finance Ministry reportged.
In January-November 2016 the external state borrowings totaled $1.76 billion, including $800 million borrowed from the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development (EFSD), $493.8 million from the Russian government and banks, $345.8 million from Chinese banks, $119.5 million from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and $1.8 million from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB). Since the beginning of 2016, Belarus has spent $778.2 million to repay the external state debt, including $264.8 million paid to the EFSD, $275 million to the Russian government, $184.2 million to Chinese banks, $51.4 million to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, $2.7 million to the USA, and $0.1 million to the EBRD and NIB.
As of December 1, 2016 Belarus’ state debt totaled Br36.8 billion, up by Br3.9 billion or by 12% since the beginning of the year. The internal state debt amounted to Br10.1 billion as of December 1, 2016. Taking into account differences in currency exchange rates, the internal state debt increased by Br0.4 billion or by 4.1% since the beginning of the year. In January-November 2016 the Belarusian government sold $1,485 million and Br533 million worth of domestic government bonds nominated in foreign currencies and Belarusian rubles to corporations and individuals. (BelTA/Business World Magazine)