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Myanmar says Paris Club agreed big debt write-off

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:14 GMT
Author: Reuters
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BANGKOK, Jan 28 (Reuters) - The Paris Club of creditor countries has agreed to cancel half of the arrears owed to it by Myanmar, and individual countries have offered big debt cancellations, giving total debt relief of about ${esc.dollar}6 billion, Myanmar's government said on Monday.

Norway has cancelled all the ${esc.dollar}534 million owed to it, while Japan is cancelling more than ${esc.dollar}3 billion, it said.

Earlier, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank said Myanmar had cleared the arrears it owed to them, with help from Japan, and the two development banks were now able to restart lending programmes to the country, which has opened up since 2011 after decades of military rule.

(Writing by Alan Raybould; Editing by Paul Tait)

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