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General News Fri, 20 Apr 2001

Finance minister in Washington

Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Minister of Finance on Thursday led a government delegation to attend the annual spring meeting of finance ministers of member countries of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, USA.

Other members of the delegation are Mr Joseph Henry Mensah, Minister of Government Business, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, Special Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Mr Osa Ahinakwa, Senior Economist at the Ministry of Finance, according to a statement signed by Ms Elizabeth Ohene, Government Spokesperson.

The delegation will hold a wide range of discussions with officials of the Bretton Woods institutions, including special meetings with the President of the World Bank, Mr James Wolfenson and the Managing Director of the IM, Mr Horst Kohler.

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The statement quoted the finance minister as saying: "The delegation will finalise Ghana's new economic programme with World Bank and IMF officials as well as discuss details of the HIPC initiative, which Ghana recently opted for." "We are going to put across the special nature of Ghana's case to ensure quick decision making and completion points of the HIPC initiative," Mr. Osafo-Maafo said.

The delegation, which will be away for two weeks, will also follow up on the recent Akosombo meeting of Ghanaian economic and financial experts by meeting Ghanaians working in the IMF and World Bank. It will also meet the Ghanaian community in Washington.

Source: GNA
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