ECONOMY

Cyprus plans two bond issues within 2015

Cyprus plans two international debt issues this year, its finance minister said on Monday, seeking a firmer footing in markets after a near meltdown in 2013.

The island nation is preparing for two issues under its European Medium Term Note (EMTN) program, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said.

Details have not yet been decided.

The European Union member state, which required a 10-billion-euro lifeline to stave off bankruptcy in March 2013, successfully tapped international markets last June with a 750-million-euro issue taken under the same program.

It was the swiftest comeback of a bailed-out nation to international markets in the history of the euro debt crisis.

“Cyprus is implementing an ambitious program of economic reform and consolidation which is already delivering early and tangible results. On such sound foundations we are aiming to re-establish sustainable market access,” Georgiades told Reuters.

He said the upcoming debt issues would not substitute but complement existing financing from the EU and International Monetary Fund.

[Reuters]