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Domestic Debt Exchange Programme: Government reaches agreement with banks on new terms

The Government of Ghana and the Ghana Association of Banks (GAB) have made headway on the terms of participation of Banks in the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP).

The new agreement includes final improvements to the terms of the programme.

These include; an agreement to pay a 5% coupon for 2023 and a single coupon rate for each of the twelve (12) new bonds resulting in an effective coupon rate of 9%, clarity on the operational framework and terms of access to the Ghana Financial Stability Fund (GFSF) and the removal or amendment of all clauses in the Exchange Memorandum that empowers the Republic to, at its sole discretion, vary the terms of the Exchange.

A joint statement from the Finance Ministry and GAB issued on Monday made these details known

According to the Association of Banks, the new terms require that, the participation of member banks is subjected to individual banks’ internal governance and approval processes.

But, GAB emphasized that the member bank’s participation, in any case, should not be later than the deadline date of January 30.

“This is a significant milestone towards addressing our economic challenges, and will thus help to restore macro-economic stability and accelerate Ghana’s economic growth. With this achievement, the Government of Ghana reiterates its commitment to concluding the DDEP in time with all other stakeholders,” the statement noted.

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