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    IMF Board finally approves Ghana’s programme request for $3bn bailout

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    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has finally approved Ghana’s Programme request seeking for a $3 billion Balance of Payment support to stabilize the economy.

    The IMF in the coming hours is expected to issue a press statement giving more details about the approval.

    Joy Business is learning that the Board meeting on Ghana’s programme was Chaired by the Managing Director of the IMF Kristalina Ivanova Georgieva-Kinova.

    The IMF is currently working on documents about Ghana’s programme that should be released in the coming hours.

    Details of the disbursement

    According to government, about $600 million would be disbursed to Ghana within a week, once Ghana’s programme is approved by the Executive Board of the IMF.

    The second tranche of disbursement would be expected by December 2023.

    This is however subject to meeting some conditions under the programme.

    The remaining amount will be disbursed in tranches of $360 million every six months, subject to meeting the IMF programme conditions.

    Ghana is expecting about $3 billion spread over three years under the IMF Programme.

    Donor Support for Ghana’s programme

    As part of the programme, Ghana will also benefit from other donors to support the country’s economic development.

    The World Bank will come on board with the about $900 million to support Ghana’s Budget.

    Fund to publish details of Ghana’s programme

    Meanwhile, the IMF will publish the full details of Ghana’s Economic Recovery Programme once approval is given.

    It will also outline the necessary conditions associated with the programme as well as the staff report on Ghana.

    Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Dr. Mohamend Amin Adam told Joy Business government is committed to transparency.

    “As a result of this, the government has instructed the IMF to publish all the document once the approval has been given. The documents will be out there for the public to continue to scrutinise and to help monitor. It is important because we are suppose to implement a number of measures and to the extent that the public must know what these measures are”, he added.

    “Through this, they [Ghanaians] will be able to ask relevant questions as to how we are performing. Public accountability will continue to be a feature of the Ghanaian politics. We have a strong parliament who are not afraid to ask relevant questions and so we want to be as transparent as possible and that is the commitment the president [Akufo-Addo] has made”, the Minister of State.

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