Pres Akufo-Addo urges Germany… to encourage China to support Ghana’s debt restructuring

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday urged Ger­many to “encour­age” China, an ad hoc member of the Paris Club, to support Ghana’s debt restructur­ing efforts.

He said it was critical that the Paris Club swiftly establishes, with the participation of other official creditors, a creditors com­mittee, to support the efforts that would enable Ghana to restore economic growth.

The President made the call when the German Finance Min­ister, Christian Lindner, called on him at the Jubilee House, Accra.

Linden, who was at the head of a delegation from his country, held bilateral talks with the Pres­ident aimed at boosting relations and economic ties between the two nations.

President Akufo-Addo said the main concern of his govern­ment was to conclude negotia­tions with the International Mon­etary Fund (IMF), particularly at the Board Level and seal a deal with the Bretton Woods institu­tion by mid-March this year.

“Our main concern right now is the arrangements that we are in the process of concluding with the IMF and the specific assistance that will be useful to us and help us fast-track the process.”

President Akufo-Addo said that there was a vital need for other creditors to support the efforts that his government was undertaking to restructure both the external and domestic debts of the country, to enable the IMF deal to fall through quickly.

“We now have our relations with the Paris club and the common framework, and we are looking for as quickly as possi­ble a creditor committee to be established, so we will have the body with whom we can engage to bring those discussions as quickly as possible.

“We have good relations with China. We will like you to encour­age China to participate in these programmes as quickly as possible. A very important consideration for us is the financial stability fund that has been promised us as one of the key outcomes of these negotiations and definitely once again, your voice in trying to bring that into being is something that we would appreciate very much,” President Akufo-Addo said.

The President commended the German government for extend­ing support to Ghana to enable her to overcome the current eco­nomic difficulties.

He said the German govern­ment had proven to be a reliable ally and Ghana would continue to count on the European nation as “a privileged partner” as the coun­try seeks a bailout from the IMF.

IMF last December reached a Staff-Level Agreement on a $3 billion, three years Extended Cred­it Facility with Ghana to relieve its debt distress. The approval of the package is however subject to Ghana comprehensively restruc­turing its domestic and external debts.

The President in further discussions with the German delegation praised the German government for supporting peace efforts in the West African region, particularly distressed about the spillover of terrorism from the Sahel region and the instability posed by cross-border terrorism in West Africa.

Burkina Faso is our northern neighbour and to have the jihadist menace there, which is very real, I think in the last six weeks some 4000 young people from Burkina Faso have come to take refuge here in Ghana and those are the ones that the Refugee Board can officially count.

Mr Lindner said the German government would do whatever it can to support West African deal with its issues. —GNA

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