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Ghana’s Debt To GDP To Hit 104.6%

The World Bank has classified Ghana as a high debt distress country.

According to the international financial institution, the country’s debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will hit 104.6% by the end of 2022.

This was contained in its October 2022 Africa Pulse Report.

It explained that debt is expected to jump significantly, from 76.6% a year earlier, amid a widened government deficit, massive weakening of the cedi, and rising debt service costs.

It is also forecasting debt to GDP of 99.7% and 101.8% of GDP in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

The size of Ghana’s economy is estimated at about $72 billion, whilst it is expected to spend about 70% of revenue this year to service its debt.

The report is coming at a time the Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are conducting a Debt Sustainability Analysis on the country.

A country that is high debt distressed is unable to fulfil its financial obligations and, therefore, debt restructuring is required.

It said tightening of financial conditions globally along with the fall of the domestic currency widened the sovereign spread by 233 basis points since December 2021.

“As a result, the country lost access to international markets,” the report mentioned.

The World Bank further stated that Ghana needs $1.5 billion in assistance from the IMF, which could help to shore up public finances and regain access to credit markets.

It added, “Nevertheless, despite the negotiation with the IMF, investors remain nervous about the country’s debt sustainability.”

These concerns, it said, were expressed by the country’s local and foreign currency ratings downgrade from B-/B to CCC+/C, adding, “as a result, despite the news, the cedi fell further with ripple effects on inflation.”

 

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