Gross Public Debt Up Yearly by 3.2% to reach $102.47B in January 2023

The data released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) recently indicated that Lebanon’s gross public debt hit $102.47B in January 2023, thereby recording an annual increase of 3.2% YOY.

The rise is mainly attributed to the annual increase in foreign currency debt (namely in USD) by 7.35%, to stand at $41.57B by January 2023. In turn, total foreign debt grasped a stake of 40.57% of the total public debt by January 2023. It is worth mentioning that $14.43B represents the unpaid Eurobonds, their coupons and accrued interests, due to the default on government Eurobonds in March 2020. Meanwhile, debt in local currency (denominated in LBP) rose slightly by 0.57% to stand at $60.89B in January 2023, and constituted 59.43% of the total public debt.

Looking at net domestic debt, which excludes public sector deposits with the central bank and commercial banks, it decreased remarkably by 13.97% YOY to $41.85B in January 2023.

Domestic and Foreign Debt by January 2023 ($B)

Gross Public Debt Up Yearly by 3.2% to reach $102.47B in January 2023

Source: MoF, BLOMINVEST Bank

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