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Sovereign bonds and the COVID-19 debt crisis - 26 January 2022

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Lack of transparency of public debt has turned the assessment of debt vulnerabilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic into a challenging process. Sovereign bonds are a central part of this issue.

Daniel Munevar (Eurodad) sheds light on the market for these instruments. These are public listed securities issued by national governments of middle-and low-income countries under foreign currency and governing laws. It identifies a total of 549 sovereign bonds issued by 62 middle and low-income countries with an outstanding nominal value of US$ 691 billion. 

His report provides a breakdown of currencies, coupons, maturities, governing laws, presence of Collective Action Clauses (CACs), underwriters and identified bondholders across sovereign bonds.

About the speaker

Daniel Munevar is a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer supporting Eurodad's work on debt justice. He is interested in the analysis of the links between debt sustainability and the 2030 Agenda.

Before joining Eurodad in 2020, Daniel worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and advising the Ministries of Finance of Colombia and Greece on debt related issues. 

He has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Texas in Austin.


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