IMANI Africa tells gov’t ‘Stop scapegoating IMF; fix low revenue mobilization’

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The Executive Director of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has asked the government to Stop scapegoating IMF and fix Ghana’s low domestic revenue mobilization amid its talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support.

Franklin Cudjoe said the IMF’s intervention should not deter the government from addressing the fundamental challenges hindering economic growth.

“We cannot be scapegoating the IMF for our economic failures. I think it is about time we fixed weak spending choices. We need to fix our weak government institutions and low revenue mobilization. The IMF will come and go but we should be at commanding height,” he said.

The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration had refused to seek an IMF bailout despite the massive economic downturn in the last six months but later decided to swallow its pride and seek support from the Bretton Woods institution.

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Officials of the IMF have already met the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, and some key officials of the Finance Ministry to kickstart work on the bailout being sought by Ghana.

The meeting saw the IMF examining the government’s fiscal expenditure and projections for the year 2022.

Franklin Cudjoe emphasized the need for the government to be truthful about Ghana’s debt situation.

“The process leading to the agreement must be thorough as the agreement itself. There are issues about governance and transparency (that we need to fix).”

Some Civil society organizations have expressed their displeasure at the government’s request for a bail-out from the IMF.

They corroborated the concerns of TUC saying the economic hardship being endured by the people of government will get worse with IMF restrictions.

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