The debt cancellation agreement with DR Congo is part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Debt Initiative.
The Norwegian Government has agreed to cancel the Democratic Republic of Congo’s remaining debt of NOK 143 million (USD 24 million) to Norway, in follow-up to international agreement on debt cancellation.
It is in accordance with two multilateral framework agreements concluded by the Paris Club in February and November 2010, through which DR Congo secured a final settlement under the HIPC initiative.
In accordance with the Norwegian Debt Relief Strategy, the debt was cancelled without deducting any funds from the development assistance budget.
Thus, the debt relief will serve as a supplement rather than resulting in a reduction in other assistance to poor countries.