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Panama, Uruguay seek bond issuances for financing needs in 2017

Panama andUruguay are both planning to place bonds in the local and international marketsto support their financing needs in 2017, Reuters said in separate reports.

Panama is lookingto issue $2.6 billion worth of local and foreign bonds, as well as tappingmultilaterals, in the first half of 2017 to supply part of its financingrequirements in that year, the country's Economy and Finance Minister Dulcidiode la Guardia told Reuters' IFR. Panama is also considering a liabilitymanagement transaction ahead of the maturity of a $1 billion bond that is duein 2020.

De laGuardia said they see the favorable market conditions for emerging sovereignscontinuing in 2017 despite a widely anticipated U.S. rate hike in December.

Meanwhile,Uruguay is seeking about $2 billion in issuances in local and foreign marketsto help plug its financing needs worth $2.76 billion in 2017. The amount isbigger than the $1.75 billion of bonds issued by the country this year.

Uruguay'sdebt head Herman Kamil said they expect a renewed interest for the localcurrency and are finding ways to meet the increasing appetite for Uruguay'speso-denominated debt.