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‘Messy’ Ethiopia debt relief effort risks Africa bond contagion

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Bond market participants fear that the G20 common framework for debt relief risks doing more harm than good. The warning came this week as confusion regarding the private sector’s role in Ethiopia’s proposed use of the framework dented government bonds across sub-Saharan Africa. The lack of clarity must be quickly rectified to avoid lasting contagion in African bond markets, market participants said. Mariam Meskin and Oliver West report.

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