Today, April 14, 2015. Hon. Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance, is leading a Government delegation to the 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC from 14th to 24th April, 2015. The delegation is made up of officials from the Bank of Ghana including the Governor; the Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament, and Officers from the Finance Ministry and the Bank of Ghana.
The Ministry of Finance’s attention has been drawn to a statement jointly made by IMANI Ghana and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
The Ministry of Finance, over the last two years has always welcomed a robust public debate on the state of the economy and the management of public funds which the Ministry is constitutionally mandated to do. Such debates, regardless of whatever form they take and on whatever forum or platform they are made should, however, be grounded on facts and technical know-how rather than conjecture and innuendo.
Today, April 3, 2015, the IMF Executive Board approved a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme for Ghana. Access amounts to SDR 664.2 million (about US$ 918 million), or 180 percent of Ghana’s IMF quota.
Ghana has made significant progress in achieving strong and inclusive growth over the past decade. However, since 2012, the economy has come under severe stress due to both global and domestic factors, resulting in high fiscal and current account deficits. Whilst these are being corrected through various government programmes, the persistence of the setbacks has not made the pace fast enough as envisaged.
The Ministry of Finance notes with concern the assertion by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at a distinguished speaker series lecture delivered on 24th March 2015 that Ghana has been sanctioned by the African Development Bank.
On page 19 of the Statement, he asserts that Ghana has been sanctioned by the African Development Bank for the non-payment of debt obligations due. He further stated that “Ghana regrettably joins the list of nations currently under AfDB sanctions”.
This is factually incorrect, and Dr. Bawumia should have checked ALL the facts.
The Government of Ghana, UNDP and the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) are jointly hosting a Regional Workshop on data usage from 19th - 20th March 2015 at the M-Plaza Hotel in Accra.
The workshop brings together a range of actors and stakeholders in development cooperation to discuss ways to exploit the wealth of available data to meet financial and budgetary planning needs at national and sub-national levels, and to challenge those providing information to do so with greater emphasis on the quality needs of the end user.
The Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), will begin Policy Hearings with Ministries, Departments and Agencies from Monday 16th March, 2015. The Policy Hearings are part of the 2016 Budget Statement and Economic Policy preparation process.
The purpose of the policy hearing is to discuss MDA’s policy objectives as outlined in the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA II), to avoid policy duplications and identify common areas in a sector for collaborative policy interventions and funding. This is the first time the policy hearings are being organised separately from the Technical Hearings, ...