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IMF to set conditions for completion of Ghana’s programme



IMF to set conditions for completion of Ghana’s programme

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said the April 2019 completion date for Ghana’s programme will largely depend on meeting some critical targets during the mission review visit in September.


Speaking to journalists in Accra, the IMF country representative in Ghana, Natalia Koliadina, said the seventh review would be very crucial “because it will indicate how far or how close Ghana is from the completion of the program and how achievable the targets are”.
“Everything depends on how quickly we can get in December data. I don’t expect that the Board will meet anytime later than April,” she said.


Analysts point out that if Ghana fails to pass all the benchmark outlined, in the seventh review, there is the likelihood that the proposed April 2019 deadline could be missed.


The main pillars of the programme include a sizeable and frontloaded fiscal adjustment to restore debt sustainability, focusing on containing expenditures through wage restraint and limited net hiring, as well as on measures to mobilize additional revenues.


There are also the structural reforms to strengthen public finances and fiscal discipline by improving budget transparency, cleaning-up and controlling the payroll, right-sizing the civil service, and improving revenue collection.


Other pillars of the programme include restoring the effectiveness of the inflation targeting framework to help bring inflation back into single-digit territory and preserving financial sector stability.


Government in May 2018 announced that it will request that an IMF programme be extended until December 2018, from its current end date of April 2018, to boost efforts to stabilize the economy.


The extension would reassure markets and also likely bring in additional IMF funds to a programme under which Ghana was initially set to receive $918 million over three years.


In 2015, Ghana entered into a three-year agreement for 918 million dollars to, help restore others, restore macroeconomic stability and policy credibility.


The programme aims to restore debt sustainability and macroeconomic stability to foster a return to high growth and job creation while protecting social spending.

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