Seth Terkper, a former Finance Minister, has denied claims that he was not in charge of Ghana’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) while former President John Dramani Mahama was in office.
He claims that despite the negotiation being presided over by famous economist Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, Terkper attended all of the sessions and was the one who approved the agreement the government had with the IMF.
“Just because we had a team doesn’t mean the finance minister wasn’t there at the table where the negotiations were taking place.
Academics have reportedly made such claim; thus they occasionally need to exercise caution in their speech.
“Yes, it is true we had a team; it was chaired by Dr Botchwey … alternating occasionally with the Chairman of the Economic Management Team. After all, it was the nation’s economic programme. Prof Botchwey has rich experience – 19 years of doing these things.
“So, we did have a team, but there wasn’t any of the discussion that I did not participate with my deputies,” he stated in an interview with JoyNews that Ghanatodayonline.com watched.
Seth Terkper’s comments come after requests that Ghana’s team in the ongoing negotiations with the IMF for a $3 billion bailout be stripped of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta.