COVID-19: IMF approves US$1bn credit for Ghana

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Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Monday, approved the disbursement of US$1 billion to Ghana, which is to be drawn from the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF).

The disbursement would help address the urgent fiscal and balance of payments needs that Ghana was facing, improve confidence, and catalyze support from other development partners, the Fund said in a statement.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Ghana severely. Growth is projected to slow down, financial conditions have tightened, and the exchange rate is under pressure.

“The budget deficit is projected to widen this year given expected lower government revenues and higher spending needs related to the pandemic.

“The Fund’s emergency financial assistance under the Rapid Credit Facility will help address the country’s urgent financing needs, improve confidence, and catalyze support from other international partners.

“The authorities’ response has been timely, targeted, and proactive, focused on increasing health and social spending to support affected households and firms.

“The Central Bank has recently taken steps to ensure adequate liquidity, preserve financial stability, and mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, while allowing for exchange rate flexibility to preserve external buffers.

“The uncertain dynamics of the pandemic creates significant risks to the macroeconomic outlook. Ghana continues to be classified at high risk of debt distress.

“The authorities remain committed to policies consistent with strong growth, rapid poverty reduction, and macroeconomic stability over the medium-term.

“Additional support from other development partners will be required and critical to close the remaining external financing gap and ease budget constraints,” the Fund said.

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