The cedi is the best performing currency in the world against the US dollar. This is according to Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The cedi depreciation, which has been a major problem in the country over the years, has even led to the inauguration of the FX Development Committee to tackle issues relating to the depreciation of the cedi and find solutions to them.
The cedi last year depreciated by more than 12.7 percent, the worst performance since 2015 when the cedi depreciated by more than 14.6 percent.
But commending the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the good work done in sustaining the cedi at the Town Hall meeting held at Kumasi on Tuesday, the Vice President said there has been a major change in the cedi’s performance since the NPP got into power.
“Indeed for us, if the cedi is to match what the NDC record is, in terms of the nominal change in the currency, we’d have to do a quadruple jump which means we have to move from 4 close to 16 to be able to match their record. We have only gone from 4 to 5.35 and they are making noise.”
“So thankfully, this year, the cedi is performing quite well and reflecting the fundamentals and currently, the cedi is the best performing currency in the world against the US dollar. As we speak this year, with an appreciation of 3.4%, the data shows that Ghana’s macro-economic fundamentals are strong,” he indicated.
Bawumia on cedi depreciation
Dr. Bawumia at a town hall meeting in 2019 similarly took a jab at the NDC for an explanation of the cedi depreciation.
The opposition party had trumpeted a popular quote from Dr. Bawumia that “if your fundamentals are weak, the exchange rate will expose you” to show that the NPP government had also failed in the management of the cedi.
But the Vice President insisted that the fundamentals are strong and described such arguments as warped.
BoG to auction US$715 million
As part of plans to fight the depreciation of the Ghanaian currency, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) announced that it will auction US$715 million in Forward Foreign Exchange Auctions for the year 2020.
Per the schedule released by the Bank of Ghana, the central bank will have the highest auction of 80 million dollars each in January, February and March 2020.
The move to auction such an amount of US dollars is expected to help arrest, to some extent, the perennial depreciation of the cedi.
FX Development Committee
The Finance Ministry inaugurated a committee to look into the causes of the depreciation of the cedi and propose solutions to the problem last month.
The establishment of the committee, named the FX Developments Committee, is in fulfilment of a promise made by the ministry last year to constitute a bi-partisan committee to look into the problem and help address it.
According to the ministry, the committee will work to complement the efforts of the Bank of Ghana in curtailing the usual poor performance of the cedi against other major foreign currencies.
The committee will also review the current forex regime, identify the inherent constraints in the system and offer workable alternatives by way of policies and programmes which potentially would reduce FX risks in the economy.