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Going Back To The IMF Is Never An Option – NPP


The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has disclosed that taking Ghana’s economy back to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not an option.

According to the party, the government can find a way out of the recent economic mess without resorting to the IMF.

Speaking at a press conference in Accra, the Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah said the government is already implementing some of the instructions they will be given at the IMF.
“…Having gone to the IMF and we are now struggling to fund roads including in the cities, we can’t go back to that and we will not go back to that because we have a positive relationship with the IMF already in terms of Article 4 consultation that we do annually, in our last Article 4 consultation the IMF stated clearly how we have dealt with COVID.”

Mr. Buabeng Asamoah also called out former President John Mahama for his opinions on the economy.

“For example, he is castigating the government for not having a plan for fiscal consolidation that development partners will buy into, but he says this without realising that the development community have accepted the cost cutting measures of 20% in expenditure and E-Levy as the building block of our recovery.”
“So, where is the lack of plan that he is mentioning, usually his focus is three things, increasing revenue internally, cutting waste and managing debt, these are the three prescription the IMF proposes,” Asamoa pointed out.

“So, at this stage for the former president to insist that we should go to a Senchi-like event where we will then march off to the IMF for relief, it doesn’t really work, we are already implementing the measures that the IMF is likely to bring forward,” Asamoa said.

The NPP communications director said it is not prudent to return to the International Monetary Fund.

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