'Ghana’s current economic challenges are not locally generated’ — IMF MD

By Chris-Vincent Agyapong ll Contributor
'Ghanas current economic challenges are not locally generated — IMF MD
22.09.2022 LISTEN

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, has stated that Ghana’s current economic challenges are the result of external shocks.

Speaking at the Africa Adaptation Summit in the Netherlands earlier this month, Georgieva said "To the people of Ghana, like everybody on this planet, you have been hurt by exogenous (external) shocks.

"First the pandemic, then Russia’s war in Ukraine. We need to realise that it is not because of bad policies in the country but because of this combination of shocks, and therefore we have to support Ghana."

Discussing Ghana’s ongoing talks with the IMF, Georgieva highlighted that the Fund had "started very constructive discussions" noting that she would support Ghana "because your (Ghana’s) strength contributes to the strength of your neighbours; it contributes to a stronger world."

In the face of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, as stressed by Georgieva, Ghana proactively entered talks with the IMF for a $3 billion loan.

The loan will be used to stabilise the economy in the face of global economic turbulence and support the cedi.

In the past month, the IMF has provided loans to both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, showing the global nature of current economic challenges.

President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Bawumia have stressed that an IMF loan will help Ghana’s economy in the short-term, building a foundation for long-term resilience and prosperity.