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ECOWAS Bank President discusses funding activities in Ghana with Finance Minister in Washington

President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, Dr. George Agyekum Donkor, has paid a courtesy call on Finance Minister Dr Mohammed Amin Adam on the sidelines of the just-ended 2024 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington.

They discussed the bank’s funding activities in Ghana and the Sub-Region, as well as how the Bank could support the government’s priority projects.

The Ghanaian delegation at the 2024 also met with Brent Neiman, Assistant Secretary, of International Finance at the US Treasury.

They discussed bilateral relations and recent economic development in Ghana.

The delegation also held discussions with US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) which is America’s development finance institution.

They invest across sectors including energy, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and technology.

The Minister for Finance, Dr Mohammed Amin Adam while speaking to the Ghanaian media in Washington DC highlighted the global financial leadership’s positive outlook of Ghana’s economy.

According to him, the positive remarks from the bilateral engagements with World leaders including the IMF Managing Director Kristalina Geogieva and World Bank President Ajay Banga were testament to Ghana’s rebounding economy.

The positive outlook and assurances from the meetings, the finance minister indicated, had informed the country’s external partners’ confidence and eagerness to disburse funds as soon as the government reached agreement with its official creditors and conclude the external debt restructuring.

the Minister noted that, the measures adopted by government to restore macroeconomic stability and build resilience through the implementation of the PC-PEG under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) in May 2023 were already yielding the desired results.

“These measures have delivered very favourable macroeconomic outcomes in just one year, these include: more than anticipated growth performance in GDP growth with GDP ending 2023 at 2.9% compared to the original target of 1.5% and the revised target of 2.3%,’’ he said.

He noted that inflation was declining by 30.9 percentage points to 23.2% at the end of December 2023 after peaking at 54.1% in December 2022 and further added that “we have seen good progress in inflation in 2024, as well as it maintained its rate of 23.2% in February 2024 but increased slightly to 25.8% in March 2024 due mainly to the base effect”

Other reliving outcomes of the programme, the Minister acknowledged, included the relative stability of the Cedi against the major trading currencies, Improvement in the Public Debt trajectory as the debt to GDP ratio reduced to 71.4% of GDP at the end of 2023 from 73.5% of GDP at the end of 2022, improvement in fiscal balances indicating a strong drive towards fiscal consolidation.

“The primary balance (on commitment basis) which is the fiscal anchor under the program improved from a deficit of 4.3% of GDP at the end of 2022 to a deficit of 0.3% of GDP at the end of 2023. The 2023 outturn was lower than the target deficit of 0.5% of GDP” the former Minister of State said.

These impactful measures the minister noted, featured prominently in discussions with the IMF, World Bank Group and other bilateral meetings attracting commendations from our partners.

Dr Mohammed Amin Adam, the Minister for Finance led a high level government delegation including the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr Ernest Addison to Washington DC to attend the 2024 IMG/World Bank Spring Meetings under the theme “vision to impact”.

The Minister for Finance who is the chair of the Vulnerable 20 Group of Finance Ministers hinted of the group’s discussion targeted at intensifying national and regional measures through Climate Prosperity Plans.

The plans, according to the Minister were aimed at transforming the development trajectory of vulnerable economies into one that was capable of thriving despite challenges.

“The 2024 Spring 2024 Spring Meetings concluded with a strong reaffirmation of the V20’s commitment to intensify global engagement and collaboration. There was a strong push for the operationalization of the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s (CVF) objectives through global initiatives like the Accra-Marrakech Agenda and the Bridgetown Initiative” he underscored.

Ghana’s leadership of the V20 and the Climate Vulnerable Forum ends in May, when Barbados takes over as Chair.

The Minister disclosed that, an initial meeting had been held with Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley to ensure seamless transition of leadership with both sides looking at a day in June 2024 for the official handover ceremony.

3NEWS

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