IMF Confirms Ghana’s Bailout Approval On Track

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, has given assurance that the fund’s Executive Board would grant final approval to Ghana’s bailout request.

She explained that creditors have been holding crunch meetings to agree on financing assurances for the country.

This, she indicated, is the last step needed for board considerations for Ghana’s bailout programme to be approved by the Executive Board.

“I am optimistic that we are going to move swiftly,” the IMF boss said in response to a question about progress made so far on Ghana’s bailout request at the sidelines of the ongoing IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington.

Information gathered from corridors of power indicates that a deal is expected in next month, May.

China, which is Ghana’s biggest bilateral lender, reportedly agreed to drop its demand for multilateral development banks, including the IMF and World Bank to share losses alongside other creditors in sovereign debt restructurings.

The Fund has been pushing bilateral creditors to accelerate creditor talks to help Ghana restore its economy as the West African nation faces its worst economic crisis in decades.

IMF staff and the Ghanaian authorities have already reached staff-level agreement on economic policies and reforms to be supported by a new three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) of about US$3 billion.

The authorities’ strong reform programme aims at restoring macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability while protecting the vulnerable, preserving financial stability, and laying the foundation for strong and inclusive recovery. To support the objective of restoring public debt sustainability, the authorities have launched a comprehensive debt operation.

In addition to a frontloaded fiscal consolidation and measures to reduce inflation and rebuild external buffers, the programme envisages wide-ranging reforms to address structural weaknesses and enhance resilience to shocks.

IMF team led by Mr. Stéphane Roudet, Mission Chief for Ghana, visited Accra during December 1 – 13, 2022, to discuss with the Ghanaian authorities IMF support for their policy and reform plans.

At the end of the mission, Mr. Roudet issued the following statement:

“I am pleased to announce that the IMF team reached staff-level agreement with the Ghanaian authorities on a three-year programme supported by an arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) in the amount of SDR 2.242 billion or about US$3 billion. The economic programme aims to restore macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability while laying the foundation for stronger and more inclusive growth. The staff-level agreement is subject to IMF Management and Executive Board approval and receipt of the necessary financing assurances by Ghana’s partners and creditors.

“The Ghanaian authorities have commi