Source: Ama Cromwell
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is optimistic that the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would approve the second tranche of the country’s deal with the Fund.
Speaking on the business edition of JoyNews’ PM Express, the Minister said he has engaged external creditors who have, in turn, given him positive assurances about the fate of Ghana’s debt restructuring programme in the coming weeks.
It is on the back of these, that Mr Ofori-Atta remains hopeful that the country would successfully get the Fund’s Board to approve the second tranche of its financial support.
‘I also had the opportunity to meet the Governor of the PPOC of China which is their central bank and his assurances were also very positive. So really, I am confident that we would get to the Board and it will approve our next tranche,” he told George Wiafe on Thursday.
Ghana is eagerly anticipating the arrival of its second tranche of financial support from the IMF. However, the country faces a hurdle as it is mandated to restructure its external debt as a prerequisite for the aid package. Failure to comply with this requirement could potentially lead to a delay in the disbursement.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Ghana has been grappling with the economic fallout which has exacerbated its fiscal challenges and elevated the importance of external financial support.
The IMF’s assistance is therefore vital for stabilising the country’s economy, addressing budget deficits, and mitigating the adverse effects of the pandemic on citizens.
On Wednesday, May 17, the first tranche – $600 million – of the $3 billion was credited to Ghana’s bank account.
The funds were used for the balance of payment and budget support, as well as to stabilise the foreign exchange rate and control inflation.