Ghana extends deadline for domestic debt exchange
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Ghana extends deadline for domestic debt exchange

Ghana, on Monday, announced a further extension of the deadline for its proposed domestic debt exchange programme, seeking to rein in the country’s debt levels to achieve sustainability.

The Ministry of Finance announced this in a press statement, extending the deadline from Jan. 16 to Jan. 31 for further engagements.

This announcement is the third extension granted in the badly-needed voluntary exercise after the first extension from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6 and again to Jan. 16.

“We will use this period to further engage with stakeholders, especially individual bond-holders, to mitigate any adverse impacts.

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“This is as we all contribute to overcoming our economic challenges,” the statement read in part.

The announcement also came after parliament’s majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, called on the Finance Minister, last Friday, to carry out broad consultations with all relevant stakeholders on the debt exchange programme.

Such consultations, Mensah-Bonsu said, will allow bondholders better understand their options.

Ghana has been buffeted by severe debt overhang, soaring inflation and continuous currency depreciation since the beginning of last year.

Early last month, the government announced a domestic debt exchange programme to swap 137.3 billion Ghana cedis (about $11.45 billion) existing debts with new ones at a zero per cent annual coupon rate in 2023.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta explained that the debt exchange program was one of the conditions for securing a bailout from the International Monetary Fund. (Xinhua)




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