Kenya to Raise $1.05 Billion of Syndicated Loans to Fund Budget

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kenya’s government is raising at least $1.05 billion through syndicated loans, including $250 million already secured from lenders led by PTA Bank, Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge said.

PTA, an East African trade-finance bank based in Burundi, has already disbursed $100 million, while a further $150 million will be received “shortly,” Thugge said in a mobile-phone text message Wednesday. “We are also syndicating $800 million to international banks,” he said.

Kenya’s government outlined plans in last year’s budget to raise $1.5 billion from external sources in the fiscal year through June. Thugge didn’t immediately comment on how the state will raise the remaining $495 million.

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