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Government extends deadline for Domestic Debt Exchange Programme

Ken Ofori-Atta on Monday (5 December) launched the debt exchange programme in line with the government’s quest to restructure debt and put the economy back on track

The Ministry of Finance has extended the deadline for the domestic debt exchange programme from 19 to 30 December, an official statement has said.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on Monday (5 December) launched the debt exchange programme in line with the government’s quest to restructure debt and put the economy back on track.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Finance on Friday (16 December), said the extension will afford the government the opportunity to consider suggestions made by all stakeholders with the aim of adjusting certain measures acceptable within the constraints of the Debt Sustainability Analysis.

“Considering these developments, and taking cognisance of the festive season, we have decided to extend the expiration date of the voluntary offer to Friday 30 December 2022, with a contemplated settlement date on Friday 6 January 2023,” the statement said.

“This extension comes on the heels of the announcement of a Staff-Level Agreement (SLA) with the IMF on 13 December 2022,” the statement added.

Below is the full statement:

EXTENSION OF THE EXPIRATION DATE FOR THE DOMESTIC DEBT EXCHANGE PROGRAM (DDEP) TO 30 DECEMBER 2022

On 6 December 2022 our domestic debt operation (which we formally refer to as the Invitation to Exchange) was launched. Over the last ten days, we continued the consultation efforts that we initiated with all stakeholders ahead of the launching of the offer, including regulators, bankers, pension funds, asset managers, insurance companies et cetera.

  1. Complementing the efforts on the structure of the offer, we are working with the Bank of Ghana and other regulators (SEC, NPRA, and NIC) in the financial sector and our Advisors and including input from various institutions and the Unions.
  2. We also fully considered feedback from the financial sector in relation to the need to secure internal and Executive Board approvals which are necessary considerations for their participation in the Exchange. This in some instances may require emergency board meetings etc. The extension also affords Government of Ghana the opportunity to consider suggestions made by all stakeholders with the aim of adjusting certain measures acceptable within the constraints of the Debt Sustainability Analysis.
  3. Considering these developments, and taking cognisance of the festive season, we have decided to extend the Expiration Date of the voluntary offer to Friday 30 December 2022, with a contemplated settlement date on Friday 6 January 2023.
  4. This extension comes on the heels of the announcement of a Staff-Level Agreement (SLA) with the IMF on 13 December 2022. 
  5. We believe this extension will provide enough time for the necessary consultations and analysis to be completed to meet the expectations of local and foreign institutional bondholders while preserving the integrity of the Debt Sustainability Analysis and the Staff-Level Agreement.

Fred Dzakpata

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