Government is working hard to build a strong and resilient economy to avoid a return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial bailout Ghana ends the current programme.

The current programme with the Bretton Woods institution is expected to end by end of 2018.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who made the announcement, said his government was doing everything possible to successfully wean the country off the IMF and run the economy independently of the Bretton Woods institutions.

He was speaking at the St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica in Kumasi at a thanksgiving mass held in his honour as part of his five-day tour of the Ashanti Region.

The President is in the region to cut sod for the commencement of various projects, inspect on-going ones and engage the people to know their felt needs to aid the government in its development agenda.

He said he owed Ghanaians a duty to learn at first hand their problems and had resolved to visit all the ten regions each year.

He noted that government was pursuing policies that would guarantee inclusive and coherent society for a peaceful and stable country and called on everybody including the church to play their roles to build a prosperous and peaceful nation.

Most Rev. Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye, Metropolitan Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, said Ghana could be a secured and stable country if people learned to accommodate opposing views and accepted the wisdom in them.

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