(Adds KAMCO statement)
DUBAI Dec 27 National Bank of Kuwait (NBK)
, the Gulf Arab state's largest commercial lender, and
investment firm KAMCO said they had been invited by
the public debt office at the Kuwaiti ministry of finance to
participate in a bond issue by the government.
A request for proposals has been sent to NBK's subsidiary
NBK Capital to help arrange a sovereign U.S. dollar-denominated
bond issue, and the deadline to respond is Jan. 5, NBK said in a
bourse statement on Tuesday. The request is under study, it
Finance Minister Anas al-Saleh said in July that the
government planned to sell as much as $10 billion of U.S.
dollar-denominated conventional and Islamic bonds in
international markets to help plug its budget deficit for the
current fiscal year, which will end on March 31.
(Reporting by Hadeel Al Sayegh; Editing by Andrew Torchia)