Gov’t slashes interest payments for domestic bonds to 0% in 2023

The Government has slashed interest payments for domestic bondholders to zero per cent in 2023 and pegged 2024 interest payments at 5 per cent.

The government has, however, announced that there would be no haircut on the principal of bonds, adding that individuals with government bonds will have their total investments upon maturity.

In a public address on Sunday, December 4, on the current economic situation, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, said the government would ensure that people’s investments are safe.

He further announced that interest payments for domestic bondholders for 2024 will be pegged at only 5%, adding that from 2025, the rate will increase to 10%.

According to him, debt instruments like treasury bills will not be affected.

“Under the domestic bonds exchange programme, domestic bondholders will be asked to exchange their instruments for new ones. As of December 1 2022, existing domestic bonds will be exchanged for a set of four new bonds maturing in 2027, 2029, 2032 and 2037.

“The annual coupon on all these bonds will be set at zero percent in 2023, 5 percent in 2024 and 10 percent from 2025 until maturity… In line with this, treasury bills are completely exempted, and all holders will be paid the full value of their investments on maturity. There will be no haircuts on the principal of bonds, and individual holders of bonds will also not be affected.”

Mr Ofori-Atta added that the respective financial regulators have put in place measures to ensure that the financial sector’s stability is preserved and the impact on investors is minimised.

“The government recognises that our financial institutions hold a substantial proportion of these bonds, hence the potential impact of this exchange on the financial sector has been assessed by their respective regulators. These regulators have put together appropriate measures to safeguard and minimise the potential impact on the financial sector and to ensure that financial stability is preserved.”

Citi News Room

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