A Deputy Minister for Finance, John Kumah says the Akufo-Addo administration is committed to reducing Ghana’s debt stock by 2024.
His comment follows Ranking Member on Parliament's Finance Committee, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson’s claim the Akufo-Addo government alone is now responsible for 60% of Ghana’s debt stock.
According to him, the poor state of the economy, which he described as the worse in recent history, is due to mismanagement by the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government is inaccurate.
Speaking on Eyewitness News, Mr. Kumah stated that Covid pandemic contributed massively to the increase in Ghana’s debt rate.
He noted that Akufo-Addo is committed to the Fiscal Responsibility Act which requires that the country’s fiscal deficit must not go beyond 5%.
“The government of His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo is committed to the Fiscal Responsibility Act which says that we should not go beyond 5% of our fiscal deficit every fiscal year. So clearly, we are committed to that. The deficit of last year is targeted to come down to 9.5% in 2021, and I believe by 2024 we should be hitting the fiscal responsibility figure of 5% so it is still going to reduce.”
“If by the grace of God we are able to get all the Covid vaccines as we anticipate, and we are able to stay disciplined and follow all protocols, we should see the debt coming down. The Ministry of Finance is committed to fiscal consolidation to ensure that we are disciplined and we stick to the figures of the budget.”
Ghana's total public debt stock, which ended the first quarter of 2021 at GH¢ 304.6 billion, increased by almost GH¢30 billion in April and May.
This saw Ghana's total public debt as of the end of May 2021 rising to GH¢ 332.4.
The new debt figure brings Ghana's debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio to 76.6% as of the end of May.
This is the highest recorded so far in the past year, slightly higher than the debt to GDP ratio of 76.1% recorded at the end of 2020 according to data from the central bank.