Iraq's Finance Ministry intends to auction 150 billion dinars ($10 million) of treasury bills on July 18 in a bid to establish a bond market and kickstart Iraq's local capital markets.
"It's a way to recover the economy," Adel Mahdi, Iraq's finance minister, told the FT.
The T-bill issue will be used to repay outstanding debt issued by the ousted Baath regime. It also aims at bringing funds back into Iraq's banking sector, much of which would otherwise face bankruptcy.
The minister said he projected the T-Bills, which will have a 91-day maturity, will yield between 5 and 8 per cent annual interest.
Iraq's domestic debt is less than 1 per cent of an external debt the finance minister valued at between 120 billion-130 billion dinars, prior to any debt-forgiveness. (menareport.com)
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