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  To boost liquidity, Ghanaians to use Treasury Single Account

WEST AFRICA ––Ghana launched its Treasury Single Account (TSA) last Thursday as part of an economic stabilization and growth strategy. According to sources, the Ghanaian authorities launched the Treasury Single Account to boost liquidity and deepen its fiscal consolidation measures.

Officials say the measure will enable the government to manage all deposits of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the state.

Finance Minister Kenneth Ofori-Atta disclosed that the TSA was necessary to boost government’s fiscal management and prevent payment of interests on government’s own money in deposits which the banks use to purchase Treasury Bills and Bonds.

“Even more damaging to the public purse is the fact that government is borrowing at a high cost while it has positive balances in commercial banks. At the same time, these positive balances are being used to purchase government T-Bills. In effect government is borrowing its own money and paying interest on it,” Ofori-Atta said.

The country’s new Public Financial Management (PFM) Act directs the government to create the TSA into which all state institutions should lodge their deposits.

Instructions have been issued for the transfer of 190 accounts belonging to nine MDAs to the central bank, with 36 complying so far.

The Accountant General acting Controller Eugene Asante Ofosuhene dispel fears of the public that the closure of these government accounts would have adverse effects on the banking sector.

“I can confidently say that pre-feasibility studies and impact assessment that have been conducted prove that the commercial banks will not be significantly impacted both on the aggregate level and on individual basis. The full implementation of the Treasury Single Account is expected to contribute to the improvement in treasury operations and consequently facilitate better service delivery,” he said.

Information gathered by Globe Afrique suggest that the full implementation of the TSA includes validation of government bank accounts with commercial banks and the Bank of Ghana; implementation of bank accounts tracking system (B-Tracking); and The investment of government cash balances with both the BoG and commercial banks.

Prof. George Gyan Baffuor, the Ghanaian minister for economic planning pledged a full support and implementation of the TSA.

“There have been several attempts by successive governments to implement the TSA. But the government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would implement it and there is no turning back,” the minister added.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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