The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has reacted to a publication that stated that Ghana has missed out on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) timeline for the second tranche disbursement as the external debt restructuring has dragged.
In a press statement issued Friday evening (Nov 10, 2023), in reaction to the publication, the MoF said it was a false reportage.
It said there was no 1st November 2023 timeline for the disbursement of the second tranche of the IMF funds.
The ministry said the external debt restructuring negotiations were progressing smoothly and that the government of Ghana was making good progress in accordance with its strategic plan to engage the Official Creditor Committee (OCC) of the Paris Club; secure a Memorandum of Understanding on debt restructuring; and go before the IMF Executive Board for approval of the first review.
Attached below is a copy of the statement from MoF
RE: FALSE PUBLICATION BY MYJOYONLINE – “GHANA MISSES OUT ON IMF’S NOV 1 TIMELINE FOR 2ND TRANCHE AS EXTERNAL DEBT RESTRUCTURING TALKS DRAG”
Accra, 10th November, 2023…
The attention of the Ministry of Finance has been drawn to the above titled misleading publication on Myjoyonline, about Ghana missing a purported deadline of 1st November 2023, for the disbursement of the second tranche of International Monetary (IMF) Funds.
2. The Ministry thus wishes to set the record straight:
a. There is no 1st November 2023 timeline for the disbursement of the second tranche of the IMF funds.
No deadline has been set by the IMF for the second tranche disbursement, which is due to take place after the IMF Executive Board approves the first review.
The publication by Myjoyonline references Table 9 on page 72 of the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) published on 17th May 2023 by the IMF.
The November 1 stated in this table is an indicative timeline for completion of the first review, based on the observance of the end-June 2023 performance criteria. This first review was successfully completed on 6th October 2023, culminating in a Staff Level Agreement (SLA)
on the same day.
Whilst the SLA milestone is an important step towards unlocking the second tranche of $600 million under the program, the timeline set by the Executive Board for the consideration and approval of the first review is not 1st November 2023 as published by Myjoyonline.
The exact timeline for the Board date is determined by the IMF Executive Board.
b. External debt restructuring negotiations are progressing smoothly. The Government of Ghana is making good progress in accordance with its strategic plan to engage the Official Creditor Committee (OCC) of the Paris Club; secure a Memorandum of Understanding on
debt restructuring; and go before the IMF Executive Board for approval of the first review.
c. Myjoyonline’s misinformation about a 1st November deadline for disbursement of IMF Funds contradicts its own publication of 2nd November 2023. It is trite knowledge that the IMF Executive Board Meeting to approve Ghana’s first review must occur before the
disbursement of the next tranche of IMF Funds.
On 2nd November 2023, Myjoyonline published an article titled, “IMF Executive Board to meet in 3rd week of November, Ofori-Atta hints” which clearly contradicts the false publication of a 1st November deadline.
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3. The Ministry of Finance therefore encourages the general public and media houses in particular, to seek the facts and truth about any information that comes to their attention, by reaching out to the Ministry for clarification whenever they are in doubt. They may also visit our website www.mofep.gov.gh or email email@example.com