Short-term debt (% of total external debt) - Country Ranking - Africa

Definition: Short-term debt includes all debt having an original maturity of one year or less and interest in arrears on long-term debt. Total external debt is debt owed to nonresidents repayable in currency, goods, or services. Total external debt is the sum of public, publicly guaranteed, and private nonguaranteed long-term debt, use of IMF credit, and short-term debt.

Source: World Bank, International Debt Statistics.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Mauritius 42.78 2018
2 Algeria 40.61 2018
3 Somalia 28.07 2018
4 Zimbabwe 27.46 2018
5 Sudan 24.92 2018
6 Tunisia 23.35 2018
7 Mauritania 21.13 2018
8 South Africa 20.43 2018
9 Togo 15.84 2018
10 Ghana 15.59 2018
11 Morocco 15.19 2018
12 Botswana 14.35 2018
13 Central African Republic 11.60 2018
14 Sierra Leone 11.00 2018
15 Egypt 10.48 2018
16 Guinea-Bissau 10.11 2018
17 Tanzania 9.75 2018
18 Guinea 8.95 2018
19 Mozambique 8.09 2018
20 Kenya 8.08 2018
21 Djibouti 7.47 2018
22 Madagascar 7.28 2018
23 Congo 5.92 2018
24 Eswatini 4.69 2018
25 Eritrea 4.40 2018
26 Angola 4.24 2018
27 Uganda 4.13 2018
28 São Tomé and Principe 3.93 2018
29 Cameroon 3.86 2018
30 Zambia 3.49 2018
31 Gabon 2.77 2018
32 Ethiopia 2.67 2018
33 The Gambia 2.63 2018
34 Mali 2.28 2018
35 Niger 2.15 2018
36 Dem. Rep. Congo 1.95 2018
37 Rwanda 1.91 2018
38 Benin 1.51 2018
39 Malawi 1.02 2018
40 Côte d'Ivoire 0.88 2018
41 Comoros 0.61 2018
42 Chad 0.44 2018
43 Cabo Verde 0.09 2018
44 Lesotho 0.06 2018
45 Burundi 0.04 2018
46 Nigeria 0.00 2018
47 Senegal 0.00 2018
47 Liberia 0.00 2018
47 Burkina Faso 0.00 2018

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Development Relevance: External debt is that part of the total debt in a country that is owed to creditors outside the country. The debtors can be the government, corporations or private households. The debt includes money owed to private commercial banks, other governments, or international financial institutions. External indebtedness affects a country's creditworthiness and investor perceptions. Nonreporting countries might have outstanding debt with the World Bank, other international financial institutions, or private creditors. Total debt service is contrasted with countries' ability to obtain foreign exchange through exports of goods, services, primary income, and workers' remittances. Debt ratios are used to assess the sustainability of a country's debt service obligations, but no absolute rules determine what values are too high. Empirical analysis of developing countries' experience and debt service performance shows that debt service difficulties become increasingly likely when the present value of debt reaches 200 percent of exports. Still, what constitutes a sustainable debt burden varies by country. Countries with fast-growing economies and exports are likely to be able to sustain higher debt levels. Various indicators determine a sustainable level of external debt, including: a) debt to GDP ratio b) foreign debt to exports ratio c) government debt to current fiscal revenue ratio d) share of foreign debt e) short-term debt f) concessional debt in the total debt stock

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data on external debt are gathered through the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS). Long term debt data are compiled using the countries report on public and publicly guaranteed borrowing on a loan-by-loan basis and private non guaranteed borrowing on an aggregate basis. These data are supplemented by information from major multilateral banks and official lending agencies in major creditor countries. Short-term debt data are gathered from the Quarterly External Debt Statistics (QEDS) database, jointly developed by the World Bank and the IMF and from creditors through the reporting systems of the Bank for International Settlements. Debt data are reported in the currency of repayment and compiled and published in U.S. dollars. End-of-period exchange rates are used for the compilation of stock figures (amount of debt outstanding), and projected debt service and annual average exchange rates are used for the flows. Exchange rates are taken from the IMF's International Financial Statistics. Debt repayable in multiple currencies, goods, or services and debt with a provision for maintenance of the value of the currency of repayment are shown at book value.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual