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Tunisia to issue 1 billion euros of bonds

Tunisia to issue 1 billion euros of bonds


Tunisia is preparing to issue Euro-denominated bonds worth some 750 million euros to 1 billion euros.

Government officials have hinted the issuance is necessary to fend off dwindling revenues due to unrest.

“We will go to the international market in a few weeks. It should be between mid-March and May 2016, for between 750 million euros and 1 billion euros,” an official told news agency Reuters.

The bond, he added, will cover part of the budget deficit.

Tunisia last year went to the international market with a $1 billion bond.

An International Monetary Fund team began talks with Tunisia on Thursday over a new credit programme.

Tunisia’s economy has lagged since the 2011 uprising.