Finance Ministry tells Akufo-Addo: Withhold assent to anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana
President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana | Photo: Getty Images

Ghana’s Finance Ministry is urging President Akufo-Addo to refrain from signing the recently passed Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, cautioning against potential severe repercussions on the country’s international financial support.

In a four-page document the Finance Ministry highlighted concerns, stating that the anticipated US$300 million financing for the First Ghana Resilient Recovery Development Policy Operation might be withheld if the bill becomes law.

Ongoing negotiations for the Second Ghana Resilient Recovery Development Policy Operation, amounting to US$300 million, could also face suspension, leading to a significant financial gap in the 2024 budget.

To address these challenges, the Ministry recommended that the President engage with religious bodies to discuss the economic implications of signing the bill, emphasising the need to establish a robust coalition and framework for supporting key development initiatives.

The document suggested deferring assent until the court rules on legal issues raised by key stakeholders, including civil society organisations (CSOs) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

The Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill, passed by Parliament on February 28, 2024, criminalises LGBTQ activities and prohibits their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

Individuals convicted could face imprisonment ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while those promoting or sponsoring such activities may be sentenced to 3 to 5 years behind bars.

The bill’s passage has garnered criticism from various quarters, including the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Evelyn Palmer.

Find attached the details of the document below:

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