Total External Debt Stocks of African Countries in 2020
Updated on February 12, 2022.

According to recent data from the World Bank, in 2020, the 3 African countries with the top 3 highest Total External Debt Stocks were:

  1. South Africa: US$ 170.77B
  2. Egypt: US$ 131.58B
  3. Nigeria: US$ 70.57B

On the other hand, the 3 African countries with the 3 lowest total external debt stocks in 2020 were:

  1. Sao Tome and Principe: US$ 291.19M
  2. Comoros: US$ 301.13M
  3. Burundi: US$ 625.99M

Use the interactive visualization and table below to explore this data for each African country for the year 2020. You can also see links at the bottom of this page for a comparison of this data for the different african regions, as well as links to the historical Total External Debt Stocks information for each African country.

The World Bank defines Total External Debt Stocks as "debt owed to nonresidents repayable in currency, goods, or services. Total external debt is the sum of public, publicly guaranteed, and private nonguaranteed long-term debt, use of IMF credit, and short-term debt. Short-term debt includes all debt having an original maturity of one year or less and interest in arrears on long-term debt".

See also: Current Account Balance of Africa in 2020.

Data Source: World Bank.
Total External Debt Stocks of African Countries in 2020 (US$)
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Total External Debt Stocks of African Countries in 2020
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Country Total External Debt Stocks (US$)
Algeria 5,178,215,526
Angola 67,286,794,415.2
Benin 5,250,479,649.2
Botswana 1,597,427,934.6
Burkina Faso 4,494,781,776.5
Burundi 625,985,283.6
Cape Verde 2,069,786,254.3
Cameroon 13,863,899,165.5
Republic of Congo 5,253,134,974.2
Ivory Coast 25,072,693,104
Democratic Republic of the Congo 6,137,246,433.1
Djibouti 2,678,724,034.8
Central African Republic 935,630,034
Chad 3,654,297,383.4
Egypt 131,579,729,752.3
Eritrea 788,537,429.3
Eswatini 766,084,561.1
Ethiopia 30,364,411,863
Gabon 7,615,875,628.1
Gambia 775,654,200.1
Ghana 31,323,084,616.8
Guinea 4,175,376,873.8
Guinea-Bissau 805,942,506
Kenya 38,193,646,113.7
Lesotho 1,052,218,388.9
Liberia 1,480,598,762.4
Madagascar 4,873,178,319.3
Malawi 2,943,281,966.5
Mali 6,081,077,523.8
Mauritania 5,710,104,834.5
Mauritius 18,527,475,048.5
Morocco 65,682,954,942
Mozambique 20,932,324,154.5
Zambia 30,045,885,685.3
Zimbabwe 12,740,664,732.3
Tanzania 25,537,812,220.1
Uganda 17,206,774,508.8
Tunisia 41,038,099,975.2
Togo 2,546,422,966.7
Sudan 22,953,534,423.5
Somalia 4,659,652,464.5
South Africa 170,766,641,061.2
Sierra Leone 2,113,502,029.6
Senegal 17,238,618,348.8
Rwanda 8,193,366,972.4
Niger 4,590,696,470.5
Nigeria 70,570,530,052.8
Comoros 301,131,309.5
Sao Tome and Principe 291,188,749.4

Total External Debt Stocks of African Regions in 2020

Use the links below to see a comparison of the Total External Debt Stocks for african regions in 2020.

Total External Debt Stocks of African Countries

Use the links below to see the historical Total External Debt Stocks for each African country.