A total of 15 West African countries registered a total public debt of $164.1 billion.
Gambia and Guinea-Bissau recorded the lowest public debts at $823 million and $381 million, respectively.
The public debt in West African would most likely have increased further, as countries in the region have since continued to borrow.
As of half-year 2021, the total public debt stock in West Africa stood at a staggering $164.1 billion. This is according to data obtained from Statista, a leading German markets and consumer data provider.
Without a surprise, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast registered the highest public debts in the region, with $79.5 billion, $21.9 billion and $19.5 billion, respectively.
It’s important to bear in mind that between June 10th when this report was published and now, the public debt in West African would most likely have increased further, as countries in the region have since continued to borrow.
A total of 15 West African countries were captured in the report. And while Nigeria and Ghana led the list, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau recorded the lowest public debts at $823 million and $381 million, respectively.
“As of 2021, the total external public debt in West Africa amounted to around 164 billion U.S. dollars. Nigeria and Ghana recorded the highest levels of debt in the region, at approximately 79.54 billion U.S. dollars and 21.91 billion U.S. dollars, respectively. On the other hand, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau registered the lowest values, at 823 million U.S. dollars and 381 million U.S. dollars, respectively,” said a part of the report by Statista.
See below the public debts of each of the captured countries in the region.
Nigeria: $79.5 billion
Ghana: $21.9 billion
Ivory Coast: $19.5 billion
Senegal: $13.7 billion
Mali: $5.1 billion
Guinea: $4.8 billion
Niger: $4.2 billion
Benin: $3.8 billion
Burkina Faso: $3.7 billion
Cape Verde: $1.9 billion
Sierra Leone: $1.8 billion
Togo: $1.4 billion
Liberia: $1.3 billion
Gambia: $823 million
Guinea-Bissau: $382 million