Excitement Over $3 Billion IMF Agreement Premature - Minority
Minority in Parliament has downplayed government’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund for a $3 billion support. The Minority claims the excitement by the government over the deal is premature adding that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, must rather focus on securing the management and board approval of the
fund. What is important is not a staff-level agreement but a management and board approval of Ghana’s application by the IMF board which will probably take us to April or even beyond. Therefore, celebrating and dancing over staff-level agreements is premature,” the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu also told journalists in
Parliament on Tuesday. The Tamale South MP said Mr Ofori-Atta has rather worsened the livelihood of Ghanaians and needs no praise for reaching a staff-level agreement with the IMF. On Tuesday, the government announced a Staff-level Agreement with the International Monetary Fund for a new three-year arrangement under
the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) of about US$3 billion. The agreement was reached after several months of talks between the Ghanaian government officials and the authorities of the IMF. Addressing Journalists at a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Ofori-Atta said the agreement when finally approved by the IMF Board will help restore
macroeconomic stability, tackle inflation, and strengthen the local currency. Truly, the eventual conclusion of the program will assist us in our efforts to restore stability, tackle inflation, and strengthen our currency. Ghana’s inflation rate climbed more than expected in October, raising pressure on the central bank to also continue
increasing borrowing costs that are already at a more than five-year high. Annual inflation quickened to 40.4% compared with 37.2% a month prior, Government Statistician Samuel Kobina Annim said.