Political Scientist at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo

A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof Ransford Gyampo, has called on government to constitute an all-inclusive team of experts in its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

According to him, this will generate the best outcomes for the country in its quest to salvage the economy.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, he emphasised that there is the need for government to look beyond its partisan expertise and rope in other “independent” minds who can help broker favourable negotiations with the multilateral lender.

“The selection of a team to negotiate any IMF bailout must not be saddled with winner-takes-all and winner-knows-all. Other experts and independent minds who aren’t party people must be included for the sake of the national interest,” Professor Gyampo wrote.

The suggestion by the political scientist comes on the back of government’s decision to fall on the IMF amidst the country’s ailing economy.

In a statement on Friday, July 1, the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, disclosed that President Akufo-Addo had directed the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to engage the IMF for economic support.

Mr Ofori-Atta is, therefore, expected to meet a crack team of experts from the IMF today to delve into the substance of Ghana’s request and reach an agreement in that regard.

Details of the arrangement between Ghana and the IMF is expected to be made public after the close of discussions between government’s delegation and the global lender, the IMF.

Meanwhile, public angst against government’s decision to return to the IMF continue to deepen.

The critics of the move are still stressing that Ghana’s economic woes are not based on a lack of financial resources but rather a case of bad leadership, a reason the move may not yield any dividends.

The latest to lash out on government is a former Deputy Finance Minister, Dr Cassiel Ato-Forson.

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, the NDC lawmaker accused government of corruption, a situation he said accounts for the country’s present difficulties.