Accra, Friday 5th February, 2020 - Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has entreated staff of the Ministry of Finance to build a work culture that fostered confidence and competence round the clock to enable the Ministry achieve the true transformation the country desired.
He made this known when he addressed staff at the first staff thanksgiving service to thank God for the successes at the 2020 euro bond issuance.
The Minister added that to have true transformational agenda, it was imperative for staff to play their role effectively to ensure macroeconomic stability for the promotion of sustainable economic growth and development of the Country.
The capital market, he revealed had reaffirmed their increasing confidence in the Ghanaian economy so Ghana needed to leverage this confidence for more expansive gains.
According to him, even though the international market was jittery because of the Brexit, impeachment of USA President, Donald Trump and the Coronavirus, the team was able to find a positive way to raise the intended bond.
He acknowledged God’s divine presence in Ghana becoming the first ever country on the African continent to issue a 41-year bond, and successfully raise US$3 billion in the international debt capital markets.
Ken Ofori-Atta entreated staff not to relent in giving thanks to God but rather emulate the Psalmist who gave thanks to God all the time regardless of his condition.
Ghana, he continued, had so many reasons to be grateful to God and wished that the Ministry made conscious effort to choose joy at all times in all situations.
Delivering the sermon, Rev. Kofi Ankamah Asamoah of the Accra Ridge Church noted that it was essential for Ghanaians to always give thanks to God.
He noted that graceful hearts attracted the blessings of God and encouraged staff to be grateful for the fact that the Ghanaian economy rested in their hands.
Rev. Ankama Asamoah quoted Acts 16:16-40 as example of how Paul and Silas praised God even in chains in prison instead of grumbling and murmuring and beseeched staff to institute praise in all our endeavors.
The Chief Director, Mr. Patrick Nomo also used the occasion to express his gratitude to staff for their hard work last year and called for same this year. He noted that it took dedication and commitment of staff for the Ministry achieve the Eurobond feat.
He commended staff who were part of the Tuesday morning devotion and encouraged others to fully take advantage of the opportunity to engage with God every Tuesday morning.
Present at the service were Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Hon Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Deputy Ministers for Finance, Chief Director of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Patrick Nomo, Management staff of the Ministry, Madam Joyce Aryee and a host of eminent reverend ministers. END