Zambia, which became Africa’s first pandemic-era sovereign default late last year, says it has requested a restructuring of its debt under a new framework supported by the Group of 20 (G20) economies.

The precarious debt burdens of a number of African nations have worsened due to the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Zambia did not make payment of a coupon on one of its dollar bonds in November, sending it into default...

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