Ghana secures conditional approval for $3bn IMF support


Ghana and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a preliminary agreement for the fund to support the economy with a US$3 billion credit to help resuscitate it and correct fiscal and monetary imbalances.

The proposed three-year extended credit facility (ECF) was approved by the staff of the IMF this week, subject to final approval by the management and Executive Board of the Bretton Woods institution.

A statement from the IMF said the Management and Executive Board approval was conditioned on the completion of a debt restructuring exercise to bring debt stock to sustainable levels.

It is Ghana’s 17th support from the Bretton Woods institution after joining it in 1957.

In the statement issued by the IMF Mission Chief to Ghana, the fund said the preliminary approval would be presented to the IMF Board for final approval after the country has made sufficient progress with efforts to restore debt sustainability.

“To support the objective of restoring public debt sustainability, the authorities have announced a comprehensive debt restructuring. Sufficient assurances and progress on this front will be needed before the proposed Fund-supported programme can be presented to the IMF Executive Board for approval,” the statement said.

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