The Government has successfully secured GH₵3.9 billion in the reopened domestic debt exchange program, as announced by the Ministry of Finance. This achievement is significant for the government as it strives to fully implement its COVID-19 program for economic growth in the face of the ongoing economic challenges.
The Ministry of Finance also stated that they will not accept any new tenders and will not permit revocations or withdrawals. This implies that the opportunity for bondholders to participate in this particular exchange program has closed.
The settlement date for the new tranches has been set for September 29, 2023. This means that the government will honor the exchange and provide bondholders with the new securities on that date.
The domestic debt exchange program is a part of the government’s broader efforts to reduce its debt burden and enhance its debt sustainability. It is worth noting that some bondholders have resisted this program, but the government has defended it, arguing that it is essential for ensuring the long-term economic health of the country.
Below is the full statement
THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF THE REOPENING OF THE DOMESTIC DEBT EXCHANGE
The Government announces today the results of the reopening of its domestic debt exchange which closed at 4:00 p.m. on 22nd September 2023. Holders eligible to participate in the reopening (as determined by the Central Securities Depository) tendered an aggregate amount of GHS3,990,828,533 of outstanding Eligible Bonds. Capitalised terms used but not defined herein have the meaning ascribed to such terms in the Exchange Memorandum (as amended from time to time) available at https://projects.morrowsodali.com/GhanaDDE and https://mofep.gov.gh/news-and-events/debt-operations.
- The Government deeply expresses its appreciation to bondholders and key stakeholders for their immense support of the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP), the results of which constitute a significant achievement for the Government to implement fully the economic strategies in the post-COVID-19 Programme for Economic Growth (PC-PEG) during this current economic crisis.
- Attached overleaf as an Appendix Table presents the details regarding the results of the reopening of the domestic debt exchange.
- As the Invitation Period has expired, no new tenders will be accepted, and no revocations or withdrawals are permitted. For more details on these procedures, please refer to the Exchange Memorandum or contact the Central Securities Depository (CSD) at the contact information below.
- The settlement of the New Tranches pursuant to the Invitation to Exchange is expected to occur on 29th September 2023, when the Government will issue the New Tranches to Eligible Holders whose offers have been accepted for credit to the account of such tendering Eligible Holder at the CSD.
The Government reserves the right to extend such settlement date (including with respect to one or more series of Eligible Bonds). END
ISSUED BY THE PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
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