“Overcoming Creditor Committee hurdle good sign towards recovery” – Prez Akufo-Addo to Catholic Bishops

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The provision of financing assurances following the formation of the Creditor Committee by the Paris Club, co-chaired by China and France, is a significant step towards securing the eagerly awaited IMF facility for Ghana, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, informed representatives of the Catholic Bishops Conference.

President Akufo-Addo described it as the final obstacle, which implies that “the sacrifices that the country has had to make this last year and the difficulties that we are going through, may be that at long last, we are going to see the beginning of the recovery, as with the approval of the IMF, we will be in a strong position to make other arrangements that will help our economy get back into a strong place.”

The feat suggests “that hopefully, next Wednesday, the board itself will meet and may find an approval to the Ghanaian demand,” the President said on Friday, May 12, 2023, just a few hours after the announcement was made in Paris to a delegation of Catholic Bishops on a courtesy visit to Jubilee House.

“So it is fortuitous, that of all the people who should be the first to hear this announcement directly from me, it is the delegation from the Catholic Bishops Conference.”

President Akufo-Addo made an appeal to the Bishops Conference to maintain “this relationship of confidence and of trust between the Church and government” after receiving numerous compliments for faithfully leading the country through difficult times around the world.

Such a holy endeavor, he continued, “benefits the people of Ghana; that we continue to work together from our various perspectives and our various constituencies, having in mind the welfare of the people of this nation.”

“I’m very grateful for this visit and for the words of encouragement that you’ve given, the reason, apart from the fact that I’m a practicing Christian, I think that anybody who sits in this seat, has to recognise the immense that the Catholic Church and the Christian community is doing for the country, in so many areas. Talking about education, or health or the spiritual narrative of our population” President stated.

Concluding on the substance of ensuring cordial ties with the church President Akufo_Addo stated that “the selfless work you are doing is so enormous for the welfare of our country and it is very important that the President should be very solicitous of whatever goes on in the Catholic Church even if he wasn’t a Christian, because the work that you are doing is immense for the country. So that’s been more than anything else the reason why I continue to forge relations of confidence and of intimacy with the church.”

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Jubilee House Communications

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