The Minister-designate of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, has indicated that the Akufo-Addo government will, under no circumstance, accept any financial aid from other countries on condition of legalising LGBT+ activities in the country.
The President’s representative at the Finance Ministry, however, noted that he is unsure of whether there have been such strings attached to financial aid.
“First of all, I’m not clear that it is being established as a conditionality,” he told Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Thursday, 25 March 2021.
He nonetheless noted that LGBT+ sexuality is alien to Ghanaian traditions, adding that the government will make decisions that are purpose-driven toward national development.
“Truly, for example, if you look at the decision the President took with regard to the termination of the PDS [deal] in which $190 million, therefore, had to be left on the table, I think our sociology and our traditions are the most important enduring legacy that we have and, so, we will make decisions that suit our Ghanaian purpose so that we can develop in the way we want to develop,” he told the Committee in response to a question asked by Odododiodoo MP Nii Lantey Vanderpuije.
The government of Ghana terminated its concession agreement with Power Distribution Services (PDS) after investigations suggested that the latter did not meet some requirements prior to the signing of the agreement.
A letter dated 18 October 2019 signed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said: “Following consultations with Government, we wish to emphasise that the government remains strongly committed to the Compact and to private sector participation in the Electricity Company of Ghana.
“We also wish to reiterate the position communicated to the CEO of the MCC by the President of Ghana during their meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 23rd to the effect that, the current concession had to be terminated in view of the facts uncovered regarding the failure by PDS to satisfy conditions precedent under the relevant transaction documents AND, however, that every effort would be employed to ensure a suitable replacement within the relevant timelines in order to complete the Compact.
“The Government decision to terminate the PDS concession and find a replacement in a timely manner to successfully conclude the Compact is based on two key points: First of all, it is the government’s view that the meeting between the CEO of MCC and the President of Ghana produced an understanding that the existing concession would be discontinued and a concession restoration and restructuring plan executed within existing timelines and in any event before December 31, 2019. It is worth recalling that following this understanding Mr. Cairncross and President Akufo-Addo shook hands and committed to expeditiously putting the understandings into effect. Following the meeting, however, MCC sent an implementation plan, which in our opinion did not accurately reflect the outcome of the New York meeting”.