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According to him, all that continues to be to be executed earlier than the following $600 million will hit the federal government’s account is for the Official Creditor Committee (OCC) to submit its Memorandum of Understanding to the IMF.
“We hill have it this year. Therefore, the OCC needs to give its Memorandum of Understanding to the Fund and we are really praying that between this week and next week, this will occur,” he mentioned in an interview with TV3’s Martin Asiedu-Dartey on November 30, 2023 in Accra.
“Ghana has done its part, OCC has been good. I think we will be alright,” he assured.
The Minister expressed this stage of confidence as a result of based on him, “We have been very environment friendly in getting by way of the primary evaluation mission. That has efficiently been executed and all the pieces submitted to the Fund Board. So, now what’s holding up is the conclusion of the dialogue that the OCC is having with the Paris membership, which is co-chaired by France and China.
I believe at this level, discussions concerning the deadline and the comparability of therapy the entire credit score that’s in there, and I believe that’s kind of technical discussions. But we’re very assured that, that can come by way of. Because I believe Ghana, because the IMF Managing Director mentioned, has paid its dues with a powerful home change programme and actually the entire Quantitative Performance Criteria (QPCs) and indicative targets and structural benchmarks have been achieved. I believe we’ll get there.”
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In May this yr, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) authorized a 36-month association underneath the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) in an quantity equal to SDR 2.242 billion (round US$3 billion, or 304 p.c of quota).
The program relies on the federal government’s Post COVID-19 Program for Economic Growth (PC-PEG), which goals to revive macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability and contains wide-ranging reforms to construct resilience and lay the muse for stronger and extra inclusive development.
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The Executive Board’s choice will allow a direct disbursement to Ghana equal to SDR 451.4 million (about US$600 million).
Large exterior shocks lately have exacerbated Ghana’s pre-existing fiscal and debt vulnerabilities, leading to a lack of worldwide market entry, more and more constrained home financing, and reliance on financial financing of the federal government. Decreasing worldwide reserves, Cedi depreciation, rising inflation and plummeting home investor confidence, finally triggered an acute disaster. The authorities have taken daring steps to deal with these deep challenges, together with by accelerating fiscal adjustment.
The authorities has additionally launched a complete debt restructuring to deal with extreme financing constraints and the unsustainable public debt. Securing well timed debt restructuring agreements with exterior collectors will probably be important for the profitable implementation of the brand new ECF association.
Key insurance policies underneath the authorities’ program embrace giant and frontloaded fiscal consolidation to carry public funds again on a sustainable path, complemented by efforts to guard the weak.
The adjustment effort will probably be supported by formidable structural reforms within the areas of tax coverage, income administration, and public monetary administration, in addition to steps to deal with weaknesses within the power and cocoa sectors. Appropriately tight financial and versatile change charge insurance policies will assist carry inflation again to single digits and rebuild worldwide reserves. The program additionally has a powerful concentrate on preserving monetary stability and inspiring personal funding and development.
The program will assist Ghana overcome fast coverage and financing challenges, together with by way of its catalytic impact in mobilizing exterior financing from development companions and offering a framework for the profitable completion of the continuing debt restructuring.
Following the Executive Board dialogue on Ghana, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, issued the next assertion:
“The mixture of huge exterior shocks and preexisting fiscal and debt vulnerabilities precipitated a deep financial and monetary disaster in Ghana. In response, the authorities have launched a complete reform program, to be supported by the ECF-arrangement.
It is concentrated on restoring macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability in addition to implementing wide-ranging reforms to construct resilience and lay the muse for stronger and extra inclusive development. Capacity growth and continued help by growth companions can be important for the profitable implementation of the authorities’ program.
“Fiscal consolidation is a core component of this system. A considerable and front-loaded fiscal adjustment has began with the 2023 budget. Enhanced income and streamlined expenditure will probably be mixed with insurance policies to guard weak households and create room for increased social and growth spending within the medium time period.
With a view to fostering lasting fiscal self-discipline, the authorities are additionally advancing reforms to reinforce home income mobilization, strengthen public monetary administration, and deal with the deep challenges within the power and cocoa sectors. The authorities has additionally launched a complete debt restructuring, together with each home and exterior debt, to position debt on a sustainable path. Effective collaboration by all events concerned can be important.
“Preserving monetary sector stability is important for the success of this system. Given the hostile influence of the home debt restructuring on stability sheets of monetary establishments, the authorities will devise and implement a complete technique to quickly rebuild monetary establishments’ buffers and exit from short-term regulatory forbearance measures.
“Monetary and change charge insurance policies underneath this system will concentrate on reining in inflation and rebuilding overseas reserve buffers. The Bank of Ghana will proceed tightening financial coverage till inflation is on a firmly declining path and can remove financial financing of the funds. The central bank may even improve change charge flexibility and restrict overseas change interventions to rebuild exterior buffers.
“An ambitious structural reform agenda is being put in place to reinvigorate private sector-led growth by improving the business environment, governance, and productivity.”