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Bank of Ghana printed ¢44.5 billion for government – BOG.

Bank of Ghana printed ¢44.5 billion for government – BOG.
Bank of Ghana printed ¢44.5 billion for government – BOG. 

The Bank of Ghana (BOG) has provided justification for its financial backing of the 2022 budget plan put out by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.

The BOG claims that, the ¢44.5 billion printed for government prevented a foreign and domestic debt default in 2022.

The Bank of Ghana said in a news release that the assistance was for essential imports to maintain the economy's stability.

“It will be important to recall the circumstances under which the Government of Ghana decided to seek IMF support. Ghana had lost access to the International Capital Market, and domestic revenue was significantly underperforming and not realized, pushing the state of government finances into near external and domestic default.”

“With the above, the policy choices were not that of business as usual but rather a more challenged conduct of macroeconomic policy in the context of crisis. The government needed to finance critical expenditures for which Bank of Ghana needed to provide the necessary financing to avert a disorderly default of both servicing for domestic and external debt including financing critical imports to keep the economy on the stable path,” parts of the statement read.

“It must be recognized that the ongoing debt operations are part of the corrective measures designed to address the financing problem of the budget. Bank of Ghana financing was part of a crisis management tool used in dealing with the difficulties of 2022,” it added.

The BoG said that the Ghanaian Parliament was aware that it was funding the national budget.

“On a net basis therefore, putting together all claims and netting off all deposit liabilities, these transactions resulted in an increase in Bank of Ghana’s net claims to the Government by GH¢44.5 billion,” it added

The BoG's response comes after it received harsh criticism from certain Ghanaians after a Bloomberg story said it printed GH¢41.9 billion for the government in 2022.

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Source: HR Forum News

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