Strong demand for Tunisia's $1bn bond

Tunisia was once one of Africa's most sophisticated and prolific bond issuers, selling bonds denominated in euros, dollars and yen, and later this year it is expected to issue its first Islamic government bond. International investors keen to capitalise on the country's recent presidential elections put in orders of more than $4bn for the $1bn bond, allowing the country to borrow at a lower than expected rate of 5.875 per cent over 10 years.