Financing: Nicaragua Seeks New Markets

Within the framework of the political and economic crisis that has limited access to international loans, Nicaragua's National Assembly approved a $100 million loan with a Taiwanese bank, at the request of the Ortega administration.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

After U.S. President Donald Trump signed a law known as the "Nica Act" in December 2018, which limits Nicaragua's access to international loans, Daniel Ortega's government has been forced to seek new sources of financing.

From the National Assembly of Nicaragua statement:

February 19, 2019. A 100-million-dollar loan signed between the Import and Export Bank of the Republic of China Taiwan and the Government of Nicaragua for Budgetary Support in the Public Investment Plan was approved today, February 19, by the deputies of the National Assembly.

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