Don’t assent to Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill – Finance Ministry tells Akufo-Addo


The Ministry of Finance has advised President Akufo-Addo against endorsing the recently passed Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill. In a statement released on March 4, the ministry warned of potential negative impacts on Ghana’s financial support from international organizations, such as the Bretton Woods Institutions, if the bill becomes law.

Specifically, it raised concerns that the approval of a $300 million financing package and ongoing negotiations for another $300 million could be jeopardized. This could result in significant financial setbacks for the 2024 budget.

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The Ministry suggested that the President should engage with religious groups to understand the implications of the bill and establish a strong framework for supporting development initiatives.

It also proposed that the President may need to postpone signing the bill until legal issues raised by key national stakeholders, such as civil society organizations and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), are addressed by the courts. The bill, passed by Parliament on February 28, criminalizes LGBTQ activities and their promotion, advocacy, and funding.

Offenders could face imprisonment ranging from six months to five years. The bill has faced criticism from various quarters, including Virginia Evelyn Palmer, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana.

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