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The Development of Local Debt Markets in Asia: An Assessment

30 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2011  

Mangal Goswami

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Sunil Sharma

Date Written: November 29, 2011


The paper makes an assessment of the progress made in developing local debt markets in emerging Asia. Market development has been limited by hurdles confronting borrowers and lenders, current and potential liquidity providers, and insufficient support from government policies and regulations. Besides fostering a credit culture to deepen local debt markets, the issue of critical size can be addressed through an integrated regional market for local currency bonds that provides greater scale, efficiency, and access. With rapid economic growth in Asia, a key challenge is to generate financial assets that can provide the underlying collateral for expanding fixed-income markets, and hence domestic and regional investment opportunities.

Keywords: debt markets, emerging Asia

JEL Classification: E44, F36, G18, H63, O16

Suggested Citation

Goswami, Mangal and Sharma, Sunil, The Development of Local Debt Markets in Asia: An Assessment (November 29, 2011). ADBI Working Paper 326. Available at SSRN: or

Mangal Goswami (Contact Author)

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