Ghana entered into a three year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund in 2015. The deal guaranteed Ghana a credit facility worth $918 million while the country pursued policy initiatives that would promote fiscal stability. In 2017, however, the Akufo-Addo government decided to extend the deal to April 2019. Why did the government decide to extend it when it had made suggestions to the contrary? More importantly, what were the economic problems the country faced that necessitated the initial deal to begin with?