Mozambique’s debt-ridden govt still financing fuel stations

The Filipe Nyusi Nyusi-led government continues financing fuel stations in Mozambique to ensure availability of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and oil, Verdade reports. According to the report, “opening guarantees with the Banking Syndicate (BIM / BCI) to serve as collateral on fuel imports” has led to the accumulation of a debt of over U.S.$300 million.

For a decade, fuel subsidies practiced by the previous Mozambican government, under President Armando Guebuza, led to enormous debts to the fuel distribution companies, which the current government has not yet been able to pay off in full, according to the Mozambican publication.

Mozambique has been battling to recover from a debt crisis after admitting in 2016 to U.S.$1.4 billion of previously undisclosed debt, much of which was supposed to be spent on a tuna fishing fleet. The disclosure prompted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and foreign donors to cut off support, triggering a currency collapse and a default on sovereign debt.

Source: All Africa

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