Government plans to issue GH¢17.4 billion, the equivalent of $4.1 billion worth of domestic instruments for government finances and debt restructuring in the first three months of this year An amount of GH¢15.5billion (GH¢15,504.43million) would be used to rollover forecast maturities with the remaining amount of GH¢1.8billion (GH¢1,895.57 million) being fresh issuance to meet government’s financing requirements and build buffers for liability management. The break down and issue dates are as follows: January17- GH¢6.7billion, February 17 - GH¢5.3 billion and March 17 - GH¢5.4billion. The papers will include a fresh five-year cedi bond this month worth 600 million cedis to support the budget, and a three-year 700 million cedi bond to be issued in February, the bank said in a statement. The two bonds will be issued through book-building transactions, and settlement will be on the last Monday of each month. In all, about 15.5 billion cedis will be used to roll over expected maturities. A statement issued by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and signed by its secretary Mrs Caroline Otoo said should the auctions in the medium-term instruments be successful and acceptable at prevailing interest rates, government may consider accepting a reasonable amount above the target to build buffers which would be used to reduce borrowing at the short end of the yield curve. It said the 91-day and 182-day will be issued weekly while the 1-Year Note would be issued bi-weekly through the primary auction, with settlement occurring on first and third Mondays of each month. It added that the 2-Year Note would be issued monthly through the primary auction with settlement occurring on second Mondays of each month while the 3 and 5-Year bonds will be done per the calendar through the book-building method at the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) and settlement will be on the last Monday of each month. The statement explained that the medium-term instruments may be reopened to create liquidity and benchmark securities adding “these instruments may be reopened to create liquidity in the instrument.
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