NATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM ON IMF BAILOUT
Date: Tuesday November 18, 2014
Venue: Best Western Premier Hotel, Accra-Ghana
THEME: FACILITATING NATIONAL DIALOGUE AND ADVOCATING FOR
EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE IMF BAILOUT FOR GHANA.
We, the members of the Civil Society Platform with representation across ALL the (10) regions of
the Republic of Ghana, having participated fully at Best Western Premier Hotel workshop Accra on:
Dialoguing and Advocating for Effective Implementation of the IMF Bailout hereby adopt and
approve as a ?Civil Society Position? the following Communiqu? on the Government-IMF Bailout initiative:
i. The importance and relevance of civil society input and contribution into the discourse of development dialogue;
ii. The commitment of the IMF to provide space and opportunity for the involvement and participation of civil society through focused dialogue and discussions;
iii. That the national and regional grouping and representation of the civil society platform are essential representations to successfully digest and present the issues on the IMF bailout;
vi. The efforts geared by civil society towards implementing the potential policy decision areas of the proposed bailout;
vii. The need for stronger ties and cooperation and relationship between the citizens, government, and IMF should be forged towards quality assurances for efficient and effective quality decisions on behalf of the people of the country.
Hereby agree to
I. Promote the continuous convening of the civil society platform on the IMF bailout before,
during and upon completion of the three (3) years programme,
II. Broaden the space and scope of the discussion around matters of fiscal and financial policies
in the supreme interest of the citizens
III. Empower and motivate CSOs in the sustained debate of all matters relating to the IMF
– The following thematic areas as citizen?s positions to be considered and adopted as the
Citizens Position regarding the content provision of the IMF bailout programme.
Accountability and Transparency
– Implementing the GIFMIS (Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information Systems)
project to eliminate ghost names form the public payroll.
– Improve upon effective system monitoring at the MDAs.
– Implementation of the National Action Plan on the fight against corruption.
– Create and sustain civil society spaces for budget education and monitoring.
– Broaden, professionalize, and engender representation on both advisory and executive
boards and committees of public institutions.
– Fast track the implementation of the budget monitoring and oversight office in parliament.
– The office of the Attorney Generals department should be separated from the Ministry of
Justice with the former exercising well its prosecutorial mandate.
– Strengthen pro poor parliamentary select committees to hold government accountable.
– Government and all state actors should as a matter of priority respect freedom of expression
and media rights.
Linking Stabilization to Transformation
– Narrow all deficit financing and create more revenue spaces accordingly.
– Call for the Quarterly briefing from the Governor of the Bank of Ghana on compliance with
its fiscal and monetary policies obligations.
– Harnessing the professional or technical capacities of civil society in the setting of
– Empower private sector as the driver of youth employment.
– Prioritizing the Ghana Gas Infrastructure project to reduce the import bill and consequently
overheads for industries.
– Reviewing the law governing the GOG allocation to GNPC, which currently stands at 30%
of oil revenue?
– Strengthen parliamentary oversight on spending of the GNPC allocations.
– Improving mobilization of domestic resource base by GOG – e.g. address reduction of
leakages and loopholes in administration of tax on big business and ports.
– Immediately compile and harmonize all fiscal responsibility related rules in existing
legislations and ensure compliance.
– Conduct a ?Value for Money? review for all existing projects.
– Reviewing and giving good consideration to the PWC report on the weaning of subverted
agencies. Thus making some completely autonomous and paying their own bills and also
taxes to government.
Protect Strategic Pro-Poor and Pro-Development Spending
– Continue and sustain the current fertilizer subsidies project with farmers.
– Consider giving farmers a fair price for their produce to counter smuggling and increase
– The Agricultural Development Bank and other financial institutions should improve existing
farmer friendly credit schemes.
– Promoting and sustaining small scale irrigation schemes.
– NHIS – Consistent Capitalization of the Scheme to Keep It Running So that there is
Confidence in the Scheme.
– Prioritize Vocational and Technical Education and Make it Relevant.
ADOPTED THIS 18th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2014
– LIST OF PARTICIPANTS