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Parliament Passes Bank of Ghana Amendment Bill

Wednesday 3rd August, 2016. On 2nd August, 2016, the Parliament of Ghana passed the Bank of Ghana Amendment Bill. The objective of the amendment is to significantly strengthen the Central Bank’s functional autonomy, governance and ability to respond to banking sector crises.

Update on Government’s Debt Management Strategy

Thursday 4th August, 2016. As part of Government’s ongoing debt management strategy, the Ministry of Finance continues to take prudent actions to manage the country’s debt stock. 

2.         Consequently, the Hon. Minister led a delegation made up of officials from the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Ghana and Advisors to meet with institutional investors in the United Kingdom and the United States from 1 - 3 August, 2016 to raise funds primarily to refinance the balance of the 2017 Sovereign Bonds and other outstanding debts.

Financial Restructuring of VRA Approaches Successful Conclusion

The Government of Ghana, acting through its Ministry of Finance ("MOF") and Ministry of Power is pleased to announce that it is progressing towards a successful conclusion in the restructuring of a substantial portion of the debts owed by the Volta River Authority ("VRA"). 

The agreement when concluded, should lead to a comprehensive restructuring of VRA's balance sheet, based on concessions amounting to approximately GHS300 million granted by a number of domestic banks ("Lenders") with past due facilities with VRA. 

SIGNING CEREMONY KUMASI ROADS AND DRAINAGE EXTENSION PROJECT

June 28, 2016    In the presence of H. E. François Pujolas, the French Ambassador to Ghana, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed the Credit Facility Agreement for the Kumasi Roads and Drainage Extension Project, with the Government of Ghana, on 28th June 2016. The Agreement was signed by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Seth Terkper and Xavier Muron, AFD’s Deputy Resident Manager.

Switzerland and Ghana deepen partnership for inclusive and sustainable growth with USD 15.3 million in project grants

On June 7 the Swiss Government and the Government of Ghana signed three agreements worth USD 15.3 million in project grants for the years 2016 to 2022. The projects will support the Government of Ghana in strengthening domestic revenue mobilization, addressing the challenges of urban mobility and deepening financial inclusion. These projects underscore Switzerland’s continued commitment to support Ghana to foster inclusive and sustainable growth.
 

TAXATION OF CONTRIBUTION TO PENSION

The Ministry of Finance’s attention has been drawn to publications on Myjoyonline.com, Graphic online and other media networks on the issue of taxation of Pensions in Ghana. Unfortunately, the publications have misrepresented the comments of the Hon. Minister. The Hon. Minister at no point in his presentation say that the Income Tax Act, 2015 (Act 896) imposes a tax on pensions or that there is an intention to tax pensions in Ghana. The reference to the pension income in his delivery was to explain the philosophy of taxation of pension adopted generally in literature and in countries that tax pensions.
 

PRESS RELEASE - REBUTTAL TO DR. BAWUMIA’S STATEMENT ON THE EUROBOND AND THE GHANA INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FUND

Government’s attention has been drawn to a statement by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the running mate to the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, that Government is diverting US$250 million of the US$1.0 billion Eurobond issued last year to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF), which he claims not in operation, to a private account in a private bank, for election campaigns ahead of the November polls.

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