$600m first tranche of $3bn IMF bailout to hit Bank of Ghana’s account today
The $ 600 million first tranche of the $ 3 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout for Ghana will be hitting the accounts of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) today Friday, May 19.
The Governor of the BoG Dr Ernest Addison announced that the central bank had already received an advisory notification on that already.
Speaking at the IMF-Ghana joint press conference held in Washington on Thursday, May 18, Dr Addison joined virtually from Accra said “Just for your information we have had swift advisory today, [Thursday] to receive the money by tomorrow [Friday], 600million US Dollar”
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta for his part said the second tranche is expected to be received in the next 6 months.
“There is a 600million Dollars release, I am sure we can get it by tomorrow, and in the next 6 months it is going to be another 600million dollars and then we have about five different tranches in the periods forward to get to the 3bn,” he said.
The IMF Mission Chief for Ghana Stéphane Roudet indicated that the $3 billion bailout will result in reforms in the energy and cocoa sectors.
Also, he said the programme will result in reforms to encourage private sector investments and also build international reserves.
“There will be reforms in the energy and cocoa sectors,” he said during a joint Ghana -IMF press conference.
“It will be restoring macroeconomic stability, for higher and more inclusive growth. It has reforms that will make the economy more resilient and likely to withstand shock in the future,” he added.
For his part, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta thanked the Fund for the support.
He said “We are already seeing relative stability in the currency and inflation and revitalizing our economy. Government with support from the IMF and collective effort with Ghanaians will work through our current challenges and emerge stronger.”
The Board of the Fund unanimously approved Ghana’s bailout on Wednesday, May 17 at a meeting in Washington after Ghana secured the Paris Club financing assurance on Friday, May 12.
A press statement issued by the Paris Club on Friday, May 12 said “The creditor committee stresses that the Ghanaian authorities are expected to seek from all private creditors and other official bilateral creditors debt treatments on terms at least as favorable as those being considered by the creditor committee, in line with the comparability of treatment principle.
Consequently, it added “the creditor committee urges private creditors and other official bilateral creditors to commit without delay to negotiate with Ghana such debt treatments that are crucial to ensure the full effectiveness of the debt treatment for Ghana under the Common Framework.”
Also, a creditor committee for Ghana has been formed by countries with eligible claims to see to the quick implementation of the resolution. The creditor committee is expected to be co-chaired by China and France.
“The creditor committee examined the macroeconomic and financial situation of Ghana, including its long-term debt sustainability, and its formal request for a debt treatment under the “Common Framework for Debt Treatments beyond the DSSI” endorsed under the Saudi G20 Presidency in November 2020, which was also endorsed by the Paris Club.”