The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team will be in Ghana from December 1 to 13 to further discussions towards the agreement on the policies and reforms for the Fund’s loan-support agreement.
The implementation of the loan-support programme, after a successful negotiation with the IMF, will aid Ghana to restore macroeconomic stability and confidence in the economy.
Mr Stéphane Roudet, the IMF Mission Chief to Ghana, said: “The IMF is fully committed to helping Ghana restore macroeconomic stability, bring relief to Ghanaians in times of crisis and lay a solid foundation for more growth.”
The IMF said the negotiation for the loan-support programme had been necessitated by Ghana’s fast-worsening fiscal and debt vulnerabilities amid an increasingly challenging external environment.
The previous IMF arrangement with Ghana was a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) between 2015 and 2018, which was extended to April 2019.
The programme has three strategic pillars – coordinating an equitable debt operation programme and attracting significant green investments, restoring macroeconomic stability and accelerating economic transformation.
The three pillars are to anchor a seven-point agenda as articulated in the Post-COVID-19 Programme for Economic Growth (PC-PEG) comprising aggressive domestic revenue mobilisation and streamlining and rationalising expenditures.
The pillars are also to boost local production capacity, promote and diversify exports, protect the poor and vulnerable, expand digital and climate-responsive physical infrastructure and help implement structural and public sector reforms.
“This will enable us to generate substantial revenue, create needed fiscal space for the provision of essential public services and facilitate the implementation of the PC-PEG programme to revitalise and transform the economy,” Mr Ofori-Atta, said.
He said: “We are mindful that it will require broad-based contributions and sacrifices. There will be costs to the fiscal adjustments we intend to make in the coming years to sustain our stability, recovery and eventual transformation.”
“My pledge to this House is that there will be fiscal discipline. That every pesewa that we ask the Ghanaian people and businesses operating in Ghana to contribute will be spent well, “ Mr Ofori-Atta said.