Govt’s debt exchange programme unacceptable – GRNMA

The Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) is rejecting the government’s debt exchange programme.

The Association says government denying pensioners access to their tier 3 funds after 5-15 years of waiting for maturity on their investments is unacceptable.

In a statement signed by the President of GRNMA, Perpetual Ofori Ampofo, the group described the debt exchange program as unfair, since their pensioners will bear the brunt of the government’s fiscal indiscipline through the debt exchange programme.

“The leadership of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) wishes to register its dismay and disappointment at the proposed debt exchange programme as announced by the Minister of Finance on December 5, 2022.”

“It is unacceptable that a government that budgets 18% inflation in 2023 will consider zero interest for pension funds of poor, hardworking, law-abiding citizens within the same period.”

Government launched the Debt Exchange Programme on Monday, December 5, 2022, as part of efforts to reduce the country’s debt burden.

While launching the programme, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta said the following:

“Under the domestic bonds exchange programme, domestic bondholders will be asked to exchange their instruments for new ones. Existing domestic bonds as of 1st December 2022 will be exchanged for a set of four new bonds maturing in 2027, 2029, 2032 and 2037.

“The annual coupon on all these bonds will be set at zero percent in 2023, 5 percent in 2024 and 10 percent from 2025 until maturity… In line with this, treasury bills are completely exempted, and all holders will be paid the full value of their investments on maturity. There will be no haircuts on the principal of bonds, and individual holders of bonds will also not be affected.” the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, in a public address on Sunday, December 4, 2022.

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