Suriname and the Netherlands concluded a bilateral agreement on the debt rescheduling under the Paris Club agreement on Tuesday, November 21. This relates to a loan of 23.9 million euros to ING bank that was obtained in 2014 for the Carolina bridge’s construction with a governmental guarantee from the Dutch government.
At the end of December 2021, the debt was at 13 million euros, with 4 million euros in arrears. According to the agreement, Suriname will pay 60% of the arrears in November 2022 and the remaining 40% in November 2024 when this obligation is rescheduled. Additionally, the entire debt, including interest and payments from the years 2022 through 2024, will be paid off from 2030 through 2036 at a set interest rate of 0.291%.
This results in a large reduction in both the total debt and the interest debt for Suriname. This makes it evident that Suriname has earned back the public’s trust.