UPDATE 1-Greece plans debt roadshow in US after Apr 20-Jiji

* Debt agency chief confirms roadshow plan after Apr 20-Jiji

* Says not sure if it will sell dollar bonds
(Adds comments, background)

TOKYO, April 16 (BestGrowthStock) – Greece is planning a debt roadshow
in the United States after April 20, the head of the country’s
debt agency (PDMA) told Japan’s Jiji news in an interview
published on Friday.

PDMA chief Petros Christodoulou told Jiji on Thursday that he
is not sure if the country will issue dollar-denominated bonds,
suggesting the agency will make a decision by gauging investor
appetite after the roadshow, Jiji reported.

Two sources told Reuters on Thursday that Greece has tapped
Morgan Stanley (MS.N: ) (Read more about the money market today. ) as lead underwriter for its planned U.S.
dollar bond sale later this month, although the company denied it
has been mandated as lead underwriter. [ID:nN15544304]

The sources told Reuters that Greece has turned to the U.S.
bank to sell the bond in dollars which will target U.S. money
managers to broaden its investor base following dwindling support
for its securities in Europe and Asia.

The premium investors demand to hold Greek bonds rather than
German benchmark Bunds soared to a record high last week on
worries about Greek’s ability to refinance its maturing debt.

Greece asked on Thursday for official talks with European
authorities and the International Monetary Fund, in a step
towards Athens obtaining billions of euros in emergency loans,
helping to ease market concerns. [ID:nLDE63E0HN]

The IMF announced it would send a team to Athens on Monday,
which a Greek government official said would be accompanied by
teams from the European Commission and the ECB.

Greek and IMF officials stressed that Greece, struggling to
finance a national debt greater than its annual economic output,
had still not decided whether to apply to activate an emergency
aid mechanism announced by euro zone governments last Sunday.

Greece needs to borrow about 11 billion euros by the end of
May to refinance maturing debt and interest charges. Its overall
2010 borrowing requirement is 53 billion euros.

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(Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

UPDATE 1-Greece plans debt roadshow in US after Apr 20-Jiji