Panama to Issue $500 Million in "Samurai" Bonds

The country announced its first sovereign bond issue in the Japanese market.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"These securities, known as "samurai" will be placed among Japanese institutional investors, with the possibility of having a guarantee of up to 95% of the value of issuance by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation”, said the Panamanian Ministry of Economy and Finance in a statement to

The proceeds will be used to refinance debt and fund the Government's fiscal deficit for 2011.

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The Panamanian government intends to issue the bonds in the Japanese capital markets.

Alberto Vallarino, Panama's Finance Minister, commented that his government is seeking to diversify its sources of finance, as well as raise the country's profile in Japan and Asia.

The Japanese yen-denominated bond market is currently going through a period of growth and activity, according to an article on, which also notes that Panama will pay less interest on its yen denominated bonds than on it dollar ones, even after taking into account exchange rate differentials.

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