OFFICIAL: IMF CONFIRMS EXTENSION OF GHANA’S PROGRAM BY ONE YEAR

Official: IMF confirms extension of Ghana’s program by one year

Source: Ghana| JoyBusiness
Date: 30th-august-2017 Time:  6:01:23 pm

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International Monetary Fund, IMF has officially confirmed the extension of Ghana’s program by one more year.

A statement issued by the IMF and copied to JOYBUSINESS noted that “IMF executive board today completed the fourth review of the arrangement under the Extended Credit facility”.

This confirms earlier reports by JOYBUSINESS that the program could likely be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

The statement further added that completion of the fourth Extended Credit Facility review enables the disbursement of some $94 million,

This brings the total disbursement under the program to $565.2 million, with the remainder being tied to the remaining reviews.

The Board also approved Ghana’s request for waivers for non-observance of performance criteria and modification of one performance criterion.

Initial comment from sources close to government

Sources said the Ministry of Finance has been notified  that the board meeting went well  and they are happy  to hear that  “  all the hard work  on both sides  has paid off”, adding that “ this is further  confirmation  that this government is on the right path  and they  are committed to the program and to its completion.  

Government is however silent for now on the one year extension.

 

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