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Definition: Provisioning

External debt - IMF

Funds set aside in an entity’s account for potential losses arising from financial claims that are not serviced by the debtor, and/or from claims on the entity arising out of insurance cover and/or guarantees given. In many export credit agencies’ accounts, provisions are divided into general and specific provisions. General provisions apply to the overall business, while specific provisions are on a case-bycase basis. Banks make provisions.
Source:
International Monetary Fund (IMF), "External Debt Statistics: Guide for Compilers and Users; Appendix III. Glossary of External Debt Terms", Washington D.C., 2003
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