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“Government Successfully Obtains GH₵3.9 Billion in Reopened Domestic Debt Exchange Program”

The government has successfully secured GH₵3.9 billion through the reopened domestic debt exchange program, as announced by the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday. This achievement is significant for the government, as it strives to fully implement its economic growth program in response to the ongoing economic challenges posed by COVID-19.

The Finance Ministry, in a statement, emphasized that no further tender submissions will be accepted, and there will be no allowances for revocations or withdrawals. Furthermore, the government has designated September 29, 2023, as the settlement date for the newly issued tranches.

The domestic debt exchange program is a crucial component of the government’s efforts to alleviate its debt burden and enhance its debt sustainability. While it has faced resistance from certain bondholders, the government maintains that it is a necessary step to ensure the long-term economic well-being of the country.

Below is the full statement

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF THE REOPENING OF THE DOMESTIC DEBT EXCHANGE

The Government announces today the results of the reopening of its domestic debt exchange which closed at 4:00 p.m. on 22nd September 2023. Holders eligible to participate in the reopening (as determined by the Central Securities Depository) tendered an aggregate amount of GHS3,990,828,533 of outstanding Eligible Bonds. Capitalised terms used but not defined herein have the meaning ascribed to such terms in the Exchange Memorandum (as amended from time to time) available at https://projects.morrowsodali.com/GhanaDDE and https://mofep.gov.gh/news-and-events/debt-operations.

2. The Government deeply expresses its appreciation to bondholders and key stakeholders for their immense support of the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP), the results of which constitute a significant achievement for the Government to implement fully the economic strategies in the post-COVID-19 Programme for Economic Growth (PC-PEG) during this current economic crisis.

3. Attached overleaf as an Appendix Table presents the details regarding the results of the reopening of the domestic debt exchange.

4. As the Invitation Period has expired, no new tenders will be accepted, and no revocations or withdrawals are permitted. For more details on these procedures, please refer to the Exchange Memorandum or contact the Central Securities Depository (CSD) at the contact information below.

5. The settlement of the New Tranches pursuant to the Invitation to Exchange is expected to occur on 29th September 2023, when the Government will issue the New Tranches to Eligible Holders whose offers have been accepted for credit to the account of such tendering Eligible Holder at the CSD.

The Government reserves the right to extend such settlement date (including with respect to one or more series of Eligible Bonds). END

ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
MINISTRY OF FINANCE

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