IMF bailout will not impede government’s flagship programmes — Dr. Mahama

IMF bailout will not impede government’s flagship programmes — Dr. Mahama

Economic Advisor at the Office of the Vice President, Dr. Tiah Abdul-Kabiru Mahama says the government’s flagship policies will not be negatively affected by the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Going on to disintegrate the IMF programme and the requirement for the adherence of the Ghanaian government, Mr. Mahama noted on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Thursday, 18th May 2023 that having secured the deal and reckoning the need for some internal restructuring will have the government prioritizing some projects unless it is a case of emergency.

“Government has also streamlined major projects to ensure that we do not introduce or start the implementation of new projects. The government’s intention is to focus unless of course extremely necessary where the lack of the project is going to impede access or going to make life difficult or is an emergency. The government does not intend to introduce new projects or new infrastructural projects. The focus of the government is to finish every existing project and that is what the IMF is going to look for.”

Dr. Mahama nonetheless gave a sign of relief that in its adherence to the agreement to be fulfilled in order to receive the next tranche in November, the government’s flagship programme was not going to be compromised.

“I am happy for the fact that IMF has given an assurance, the staff has given an assurance and it is clear in their minds that this programme is not going to affect any of the government’s flagship programme, especially the Free Senior High School Programme.”

Singingly out the Free Education policy, Dr. Mahama explained that the IMF board understands and appreciates the need for quality education for all.

Mr. Mahama also debunked claims of the government halting employment as against its requirement for the deal rather, he emphasized that recruitment was not going to be hampered but in fact, it is the birth of creation and introduction of institutions.

By: Leonora Enyonam Annoh | | Ghana

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