World Bank issues Zambia $270m for Covid, debt recovery

The World Bank says it has approved a $270m (£232m) loan to Zambia to help it recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic impact of the war in Ukraine and to manage its debt crisis.

In late 2020 Zambia became the first African country since the onset of the pandemic to default on its debt.

In August, the International Monetary Fund approved a $1.3bn loan to help Zambia – a major copper producer – restructure its debts.

The president of the World Bank has urged other creditors to help reduce Zambia’s debt.

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