Ghana will return to IMF if… – Seth Terkper warns gov’t

The former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper, has asked the government to focus on homegrown policies to revive the economy post-Covid or the country may have no choice than to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Speaking on the Morning Starr on Tuesday, Mr Terkper added that the government must not project higher growth figures to help it put together a realistic budget.

“If we don’t want to go back to the IMF, then we have to start looking at a homegrown policy. What we have to do is not project higher growth figures and that will help us do a realistic budget.

“If the advanced economies begin to recover, their growth will increase the commodity they buy from us and that will also help us grow.”

Mr Terkper’s comments come after Credit rating agency Moody’s projected in its 2021 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) Outlook report that Ghana’s debt to GDP ratio will hit 80 percent in 2021.

The debt to GDP has already crossed the 70 per cent threshold.

Moody’s said “We expect most SSA sovereigns to see their debt burdens rise further in 2021. The average debt burden in the region will hover around 64% of GDP in the near to medium term compared to the 47% average in 2015-19”, Moody’s said.

“We do not expect debt burdens to come down in the foreseeable future as revenue generation capacity remains weak”, it added.

It further indicated that the country will be ranked second in Sub Saharan Africa with the greatest External Vulnerability Stress pressures.

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