The IMF, international donors and the World Bank suspended their financial support to Mozambique after it was revealed in April this year that the country had additional undisclosed government debts of over USD 1 billion. According to the IMF, this was one of the largest cases of inaccurate data provision it has seen in Africa in recent times. Mozambique’s current account deficit was already ballooning over the past years due to megaproject investments. As a result, foreign exchange reserves tumbled and incited the central bank of Mozambique to impose restrictive capital controls on hard currency availability. As the country is highly reliant on international donor funds and multilateral aid, the freeze of disbursements is causing a domestic liquidity squeeze and raises the risk of a balance of payments crisis and even a sovereign default. In addition, resurging political violence is encouraging more capital outflows, moving Mozambique’s short-term political risk classification into off-cover category 7.
15 Apr 2019
Mozambique: Cyclone Idai exacerbates economic hardship
Event On 15 March, Cyclone Idai struck the central region of Mozambique before hitting Zimbabwe and Malawi. An estimated 90% of Beira, Mozambique’s ...