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Zambia on brink of defaulting foreign debt

Zambia is on the brink of defaulting on its foreign debt after it missed a payment of more than $40m (£30.5m) last month.

A so-called grace period will expire on Friday, making it Africa’s first country to default on its sovereign debt since the coronavirus pandemic.

Zambia was already struggling to service its $12bn external debt load.

The pandemic has aggravated pre-existing financial pressures, putting an additional burden on health services and depressing economic activity.

The country has asked for a delay to interest payments until April next year but creditors have not yet agreed.

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