The outgoing World Bank Country Director, Frank Pierre Laporte, has strongly indicated that project funds allocated to Ghana but have not be utilised will be sent back to Washington, DC, in the USA.

This, he explained, is a policy designed to compel countries to use funds allocated to them within a specific time, or lose it for re-allocation to other countries in need.

“Our new president has taken a strong stance, and monies that are not used will be brought back to Washington DC,” Mr. Laporte warned.

He disclosed that there are some important projects which should have been executed but have delayed, after rescheduling and postponements.

“Our projects usually last up to 4 to 5 years, and normally it is extended for two to three years, but our management don’t like this anymore. The projects will not go beyond 10 years”, he stressed.

Mr. Laporte was speaking on PM EXPRESS BUSINESS EDITION with host George Wiafe.

Projects that could be affected

“There is project that is ending in June 2024, which is the E-Transform Project. If we don’t take the money and use it for other things, June [2024] will come and the money will be sent back to Washington” he disclosed.

Mr. Laporte also revealed that an agreement has been reached with the Ministry of Finance and Communications Ministry to address challenges that delay government from accessing project funds.

“We are looking at the possibility of taking this money and putting it into other projects that will be of benefit to Ghana”.

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