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Burkina Faso - Joint World Bank-IMF Debt Sustainability Analysis (English)

Burkina Faso remains at moderate risk of external debt distress. The rating is unchanged from the April 2020 Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA). The macroframework underlying this DSA accounts for Burkina Faso’s recent gross domestic product (GDP) rebasing and incorporates the impact of the Covid19 pandemic and the deteriorating security situation. The current debt-carrying capacity is consistent with a classification of ’medium’. The risk of overall and external debt distress in Burkina Faso remains moderate, with substantial space to absorb shocks. All external debt indicators remain below the relevant indicative thresholds under the baseline scenario. Under a standard stress test of a shock to exports, two of the thresholds for l public and publicly-guaranteed (PPG) external debt—debt service-to-exports and debt service-to-revenue ratios are breached. Overall public debt breaches the relevant benchmark under one scenario. Burkina Faso would need to: (i) maintain a sound macro-fiscal framework in the midst of the pandemic shock; (ii) implement structural reforms to diversify its export base; (iii) exercise control over government guarantees and contingent liabilities; and (iv) limit non-concessional borrowing and strengthen the implementation of its medium-term debt strategy to contain its debt service and gross financing needs in order to prevent a deterioration of its debt sustainability outlook.


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Burkina Faso - Joint World Bank-IMF Debt Sustainability Analysis (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.