Debt Exchange: Finance Ministry sets up committee to engage individual bondholders

The Ministry of Finance has set up a technical committee to further engage individual bondholders on their inclusion in the debt exchange programme.

This follows a closed-door meeting with leaders of the Individual Bondholders Forum on Wednesday for engagement on the programme.

Convener for Individual Bondholders Forum, Senyo Hosi who was present at the meeting told JoyNews in an interview that the Committee after its work will make some recommendations upon which the exclusion of their bonds will be decided.

“We have agreed to set up a committee to work together on proposals that can help manage the challenges…we are looking forward to that committee starting work tomorrow.

“A technical committee is to come up with some work and based on those analysis, there will be a position that the Finance Ministry will take. We will come up with our recommendations jointly and we want to believe that we will all find a reason in trying to exempt the individual bondholders,” he said on Top Story, Wednesday.

The Committee will immediately have its first meeting tomorrow, Thursday, January 19.

Meanwhile, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said government’s debt exchange programme is a voluntary exercise.

Mr Ofori-Atta said government anticipates an 80% per cent success rate.

He noted that the percentage will be enough to keep the economy stable.

According to him, he has chanced “on dramatic videos as if the programme has already commenced” but it has not, adding that “it is a voluntary exercise.”

Mr. Ofori-Atta has also disclosed that government will grant some concessions to individual bondholders under the Programme.

He, however, ruled out any move to abolish the programme or grant total exemption to individual bondholders.

“We are looking at a situation where maybe the zero coupon for bondholders in 2023 should be changed going forward”, he said in an exclusive interview with Joy Business’ George Wiafe on PM Express Business Edition, which will be aired on January 19.

Mr. Ofori-Atta noted that government is fully committed to taking measures that will lessen the burden on individual bondholders who have expressed worry about the current structure of the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme. 

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