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Business News of Friday, 3 February 2023


Government seems to be pushing down things on the investor community – Lord Mensah

Prof. Lord Mensah is an Economist Prof. Lord Mensah is an Economist

An economist, Professor Lord Mensah, has stated that the government is not allowing the investor community some breathing space in order to thoroughly think through the terms of the debt exchange programme.

According to the economist, the posture of the government is not allowing investors to make the right decisions.

His comments come after the government’s announcement of the extension of the deadline of the programme to February 7, 2023. Lord Mensah is of the belief that the timelines are short.

“We seem to be rushing because if you look at the numbers that were churned out, and the time that we’re using to negotiate, we did not give the investor community [enough time] to absorb the kind of information that is before them for them to think through as to whether they can adapt or adjust to a level where they can come to a compromise.

“We just seem to be pushing things down the throat of the investor community which I’m afraid of post-debt exchange what is likely to happen because we need a safe space to build the economy. So basically, that is my worry now as we speak,” he is quoted by

His comment follows strong pushback from bondholders who have argued that the Ministry of Finance had failed to engage them appropriately on the domestic debt exchange programme and in some cases, have applied coercive tactics to get some stakeholders in the financial sector to sign onto the programme.

The Finance Ministry in an earlier statement established that it “has made significant progress with all stakeholders, including financial sector industry associations and representative groups of individual bondholders, with respect to their participation in the Programme.”

It also added that, “based on the agreement reached with the Ghana Association of Banks (GAB), Ghana Insurers Association (GIA), and the Ghana Securities Industry Association (GSIA), the new terms of the exchange have been accepted. A revised and final Exchange Memorandum will be released by Thursday, February 2, 2023.”