The United States (US) government has promised that its Department of Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) will deploy a full-time resident advisor to assist the Ministry of Finance to help addressThe advisor is expected to develop and execute medium-to-long-term reforms needed to improve debt sustainability and support a competitive, dynamic government debt market.According to the US, the project will complement and build on the Government of Ghana’s debt restructuring efforts.
This project is part of OTA’s ongoing engagement to strengthen public financial management and financial sector oversight across sub-Saharan Africa.
This was announced after the arrival of the Vice President of the USA, Kamala Harris, in Ghana on Sunday, March 26. 2023.We welcome Ghana’s commitment to reform its economy for sustainable and inclusive growth. We support Ghana’s engagement with the IMF, and we will continue to push all bilateral creditors to provide meaningful debt reduction for countries that need it.
“It is critical to do so to build long-term economic growth and prosperity and to increase US investments. Our partnership is already strong, and I believe that today we have strengthened it,” she stated.
For 2023, OTA will execute 25 projects in 15 African countries. This includes eight new projects in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Zambia in revenue policy and administration; budget and financial accountability; government debt issuance and infrastructure financing; banking and financial services; and economic crimes.
To further support Ghana’s debt management, USAID is funding fellowships for a team of 10 specialists to work within the Ministry of Finance, providing surge support for two years. The Fellows are all young, qualified Ghanaians and recent university graduates.
Kamala also announced that the US government intends to invest more than $100 million to support conflict prevention and stabilization efforts in Coastal West Africa, including at least $86 million in funding over three years specifically dedicated to the implementation of the new 10-year plan.The plan is intended to address regional threats of violent extremism and instability in Coastal West Africa and enable the U.S. Government to work with Congress to marshal additional assistance to support efforts in the region over the coming years.