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Nov 20, 2012

Grace period time up. What’s next for Superbond?

Today the sixty day period that the Credit Committee representing bondholders extended to the government from pursuing legal remedies has expired but restructuring negotiations continue on the five hundred and forty-four million dollar superbond. The Government of Belize issued a statement on the Central Bank of Belize website saying that it had never asked for a formal standstill on pursuing legal remedies and that this issue has never been featured in the Government’s decision making. The release says, “We do not expect the expiry of the sixty days voluntary standstill offered by the Committee to have an effect on the substance or timing of ongoing discussions with bondholders.  While the Government remains prepared for any eventuality, we believe that a solution satisfactory to both Belize and its bondholders will only be arrived at through negotiation.” Last week the Prime Minister told News Five that the talks would intensify as the Credit Committee and the negotiating team would have face to face talks the week following Thanksgiving.

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3 Responses for “Grace period time up. What’s next for Superbond?”

  1. it's just that simple says:

    What’s next for Superbond?

    Call Uncle Benji, he say Romney can do the business fix.
    Now that Romney lost, maybe he come save the day in Belize.
    He fix McAfee too!

  2. Storm says:

    Another broken promise by the PM. His credibility on the superbond issue is near zero. Too many lies, too much double-talk.

    If Belizeans feel this way, how must the creditors view the PM and our representatives?

    The superbond problem at best will be an anchor on Belizeans and our economy for 20 years — and if GOB continues to handle it badly, it will be much worse than that. More economic misery for most of us.

  3. Kiwi says:

    I agree Storm, the longer one leaves dealing with the debt, the worse it will be to resolve it. I understand that the GOB can’t afford to make the payments agreed to some years ago, but at least they could get their own books in order and pay what they can, then use this base of trust to negotiate a settlement of what they can realistically afford into the future. It’s encouraging to hear that tourism and potentially oil is doing well, but good news does not solve debt problems…

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