The World Bank has granted a $250 Million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Ghana Financial Stability project.

The $250 Million loan from the World Bank to Ghanais is a 5-year plan to enhance the country’s financial sector growth. This initiative aligns with Ghana’s Financial Sector Strengthening Strategy (FSSS), which aims to improve the stability and efficiency of the financial system.

This program will also focus on Strengthening financial regulations and infrastructure. By supporting Ghana’s FSSS, the World Bank aims to contribute to the country’s overall economic growth.

It also aims to support the recapitalisation of viable banks and Specialized Deposit-taking Institutions (SDIs) affected by Ghana’s Domestic Debt Exchange Program (DDEP).

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The Role of Finance in Ghana’s Economy

The financial system is essential to the operation of the Ghanaian economy because it supports economic growth and offers vital services to individuals, businesses, and the government. The government created the Ghana Financial Sector Stability Fund (GFSF) to support banks, pension funds, insurance companies, fund managers, and collective investment schemes with their solvency to alleviate the harsh effects of the DDEP on financial institutions.

This Ghana Financial Stability Programme project aims to benefit qualified, undercapitalised, but strong banks and SDIs, make themselves available to other banks and SDIs that may need support in the future due to potential new losses, and provide a backstop against unexpected losses.

The World Bank’s Country Director for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Robert R. Taliercio, commented on the loan approval: This project will contribute to Ghana’s financial stability by providing stability support to banks and SDIs impacted by the DDEP through the GFSF.

He further said the initiative would assist depositors and other financial consumers in accessing savings, payments, and other essential financial services offered by adequately capitalised banks and SDIs, benefiting Ghana’s financial sector and economy through direct support to banks and SDIs.

World Bank to boost Nigeria economic with $2.25 Billion Loan

Ghana obtains this crucial financial assistance, but Nigeria is also about to receive approval for a sizable influx from the World Bank this month—an estimated $2.25 billion. According to a June 13, 2024 report, the World Bank might authorise loans to Nigeria totalling $2.25 billion for two significant projects.

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Based on the official documents, the funds will be distributed between two projects to enhance Nigeria’s economic stability and resource mobilisation capabilities.

The first project, the Nigeria Reforms for Economic Stabilization to Enable Transformation (RESET) Development Policy Financing (DPF), is set to receive $1.5 billion.

Funding of $750 million has been requested for the second initiative, NG Accelerating Resource Mobilisation Reforms (ARMOUR) Program-for-Results (PforR). Negotiations are occurring between the World Bank and the Nigerian authorities to finalise the terms of these loans. These crucial agreements shape the operational and financial frameworks directing project execution. The money is anticipated.

To ensure Nigeria’s long-term financial sustainability and economic resilience, the funds are anticipated to support the country’s efforts to improve government resources mobilisation and change economic policies.