Paint positive image about Ghana in order to make it easier for external support – Kamal Deen
A Deputy Director of Communications for the has asked all Ghanaians to make it a priority to create good impressions about Ghana despite the challenges facing the country.
This in his view, will make it easier for the country to receive external support.
Kamal Deen said on TV3 that the current government is putting in place measures to resolve the economic issues facing the country.
He said “Let me admit that we are in difficult times and it is globally acknowledged that economies are struggling. People are indeed suffering because of the challenges that they have encountered.
“It is not just about Ghana alone. But I will always set off by apologizing to Ghanaians and indicating to them that, better times are ahead, there is light at the end of the tunnel, we shouldn’t throw our hands in despair, the economy is going to bounce back and bounce back so well.
“It is important for us to know that we have work to do as a people and we must continue to do that work and giving support to ourselves and paint that positive picture out there so that at least we will have an outlook that we invite people to come and support us and give us backing.”
Recently, Information Minister Kojo Oppong NKrumah has said that Ghana is working with the International Monetary Fund (IFMF) to bring back the economy to a path of prosperity.
He urged Ghanaians to Keep faith and soldier on together.
In a Facebook post “Though our challenges are not caused by us, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as always takes leadership in finding solutions no matter how difficult they may be. I remember his many sleepless nights during covid; working hard to bring relief to a population pained by the impact of the global crises.
“Once again, he is gradually restoring stability after the crises have been thrusted upon us. Despite the difficult economic waters we are sailing through, the Post Crises Economic Recovery Program (the enhanced domestic program) which we are working on with the Fund will push Ghana back to a path of prosperity. Keep faith and let’s soldier on together.
“Despite the difficult economic waters we are sailing through, the Post Crises Economic Recovery Program (the enhanced domestic program) which we are working on with the International Monetary Fund will push…”
“Ghana back to a path of prosperity. Keep faith and let’s soldier on together,” he stressed.
Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgina has attributed Ghana’s prevailing weak economic conditions to shocks from the Covid pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war.
According to her, shocks from the two unforeseen factors have heavily impacted the economy and are to be blamed for the country’s woes and not “bad policies” said to be implemented by the government.
“Like everybody on this planet you have been hurt by exogenous shocks. First the pandemic, then Russia-Ukraine. And then the we need to realise is not because of bad policies in the country, but because of this combination of shocks,” she added.
The IMF Director added that Ghana, as a strong country in the sub-region, ought be supported by the IMF to bounce back because the strength of Ghana impacts positively on neighbouring countries.
“And therefore, we have to support (Ghana) because you’re a member. You’re a strong country, you have fantastic people, but also we have to support Ghana because your strength contributes to the strength of your neighbours. It contributes to a stronger world,” she told journalists at the ongoing Africa Climate Change Adaptation Summit.
Speaking further on the anticipated IMF deal with Ghana, she noted the IMF is determined to have a deal with Ghana by the end of this year.
“I am very determined for us to indeed reach an agreement by the end of this year,” she quipped.
Ghana is seeking to raise some $3billion Balance of Payment IMF support programme to help resolve some of its immediate economic challenges.
The government began discussions with the Bretton Wood institution in July 2022, reversing President Akufo-Addo’s administration pledge not to seek a financial programme from the IMF.
Prior to the pandemic and later the Russia Ukraine war, Ghana’s economic outlook was highly rated as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
A gradual sign of recovery from the effect of the pandemic at the end of 2021 was hit by another unforeseen setback, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – a war which has significantly ravaged economies around the world with many global currencies registering unprecedented depreciation against the US Dollar.
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