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Work with greater alacrity to secure a deal with IMF - Mahama to government

John Dramani Mahama   White John Dramani Mahama

Wed, 5 Oct 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has called on government to ensure that it secures a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He explained that the economic hardship in the country has become unbearable, therefore, a financial bailout from the Bretton Woods institution was necessary.

In a tweet sighted by GhanaWeb, John Dramani Mahama stated that an IMF deal can stabilize the wobbling economy.

“Distressing! Every passing day makes our economic situation worse. Gov’t must work with greater alacrity to lock in a programme with the Fund in order to create a more predictable economic outlook,” the former president wrote on the micro-blogging site.

On October 3, 2022, international rating firm, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Ghana’s long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to Caa2 from Caa1.

According to Moody’s, the downgrade reflects the recent macroeconomic deterioration of Ghana's economy which resulted in further heightening of government’s liquidity, debt sustainability difficulties and posing an increased risk of debt default.

It however explained that the initiation of the review for downgrade is prompted by the ongoing negotiations between the government of Ghana and the IMF over a funding programme that may include a condition for debt restructuring to ensure debt sustainability.

It would be recalled that in June this year, government engaged the International Monetary Fund for a financial bailout amidst the economic challenges.

Subsequently, a team from the IMF arrived in the country from July 6 to July 13, 2022, to engage Ghanaian authorities for a possible economic support programme

The IMF programme, government said, is aimed at restoring macroeconomic stability and safeguarding debt sustainability among many others.

Meanwhile, Ghana is targeting an amount of $3 billion over three years from the IMF once an agreement on a programme is reached.

The new amount requested as a loan is double the government’s initial target of $1.5 billion.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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