Ghana’s public debt stock rises to ¢138.6 billion

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Ghana’s public debt has reached ¢138.6 billion according to new figures released by the Bank of Ghana(BoG) as at June 2017.

The new figure shows that Ghana’s debt increased by 1.3 billion cedis from May to June 2017 as the month of May recorded a debt stock of 137.3 billion cedis.

The figures were contained in statement published by the Bank of Ghana after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting on Friday, September 20, 2017.

The data showed that the external component of the debt was 74.6 billion cedis, representing 36.9 percent of the GDP, while domestic debt was 63.9 billion representing 31.6 percent.

In the same period under review, Ghana’s debt to GDP ratio stood at 68.6 percent, below the end of year target of 70 percent mark.

It is not clear what could have led to the geometric rise in the debt stock but some financial experts believe fresh borrowing by government and marginal depreciation of the cedis could be blamed.

However, the government has observed it is putting a cap on public debt through measures that will reduce it to an appreciable level.

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It cited its debt profiling strategy and the lengthening of the yield curve in sourcing long-term loans to finance short-term debts as some of the measures it has put in place.

Gideon Sarpong | Policy and Content Analyst | iWatch Africa

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Gideon Sarpong

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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