The 2021 African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings, held virtually starting on Wednesday, opened with discussions on African debt management. The pandemic has created huge financing needs for governments, widened budget deficits and driven governments into debt. On Wednesday, the African Development Bank hosted panel discussions on the issue. One knowledge event was titled “From
Tax expert and lecturer at the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), John Amoh, has described as retrogressive, the Value Added Tax (VAT). According to the tax expert, VAT is retrogressive in the sense that it impacts low-income earners and the poor the most, due to the fact low-income earners and the poor spend a
International financial markets have opened a window for African governments to diversify their funding sources from traditional multilateral institutions and foreign aid. For example, they can now borrow through issuing Eurobonds – these are international bonds issued by a country in a foreign currency, usually in US dollars and euros. South Africa was the first
Ghana has on several occasions warnings and alerts from rating agencies and major multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, and Fitch Ratings over its stagnant revenues and rising debt vulnerabilities. Fitch Ratings for instance, in June, reviewed downwards Ghana’s Long-Term IDR from ‘B’ to ‘B-‘ indicating an increase in the country’s default risk in repayment of its
The new kids on the oil block—Guyana, Suriname, and Ghana—have no plans to let their newly discovered oil wealth go to waste by joining global decarbonization efforts. They plan to exploit them as best as they can before they become worthless, Reuters has reported, citing statements by government officials made at this week’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
The first full sovereign credit rating of Ghana for 2021 was delivered last week, and it left rating sentiment unchanged from last year. This came from global credit rating firm Moody’s Investor Services rating the country’s sovereign bond issuance at B3 negative, exactly the same as last year when the firm downgraded Ghana from B3 stable
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), has expressed worry over Ghana’s rising debt stock noting the country has to implement some drastic measures to contain the debt situation. Addressing the issue, Director of the African Department of the IMF, Abebe Amero Selassie, adviced government that it revise some of its debt sustainability programmes. “Our engagement with
PFM Tax Africa views the 2021 mid-year budget review by Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta as inadequate, failing to satisfy the legal requirement and obligations under section 28 of the Public Financial Management Act 2016 (Act 961). We classify the minister’s presentation, not lightly, as virtual non-review. See below our news release on the minister’s presentation
The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has proposed for the abolishment of the three per cent withholding tax on gold grade. According to a study conducted by the think tank, the implementation of the levy has been unsuccessful. It comes on the heels of a report by the Precious Minerals Marketing Company revealing that
The teams focused their efforts on a few of the highest-value S&OP levers in order to review the current planning process, identify gaps in the planning infrastructure and analytically understand demand and supply variability.