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Economist lauds debt re-profiling as debt reaches GH¢172.9bn

Prof. Eric Osei Assibey - Economist at the University of Ghana

An Economist, Professor Eric Osei Assibey has suggested that the government’s debt re-profiling could be having a positive impact on reducing the country’s debts. According to him, some interim improvements within the economy could have a greater impact if the plan is sustained. Professor Assibey’s comments come on the back of a recent Bank of Ghana data which shows that ...

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Ghana’s debt hits 172.9 billion cedis

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The total amount that Ghana owes reached 172.9 billion cedis in November 2018. This is according to data from the Bank of Ghana. The Summary of Economic and Financial data by the central bank shows that between July and November 2018, the country added 13.2 billion cedis to its debt. The figure went up from 159.7 billion cedis to 172.9 ...

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Cedi depreciates by 11% against the dollar over one year period

Ghana Cedi

The cedi has depreciated by 11 percent between January 2018 and the same period this year [2019]. The local currency is now trading at 4 cedis 91 pesewas to a dollar on the interbank foreign exchange market. This is also remarkable as some currency analysts have predicted that the cedi could hit 5 cedis to a dollar soon, if economic ...

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Menzgold customers do not need compensation – Dr. Lord Mensah

Dr Lord Mensah - Lecturer, University of Ghana Business School

Economist, Dr. Lord Mensah has kicked against any form of compensation for embattled customers of gold dealership company, Menzgold. He explains that such a support is likely to encourage other forms of financial activities that breach the country’s financial laws. Dr. Lord Mensah’s comments come in the wake of recent calls by customers of Menzgold to be relieved of their plight. ...

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Energy Commercial bank, First Atlantic Bank to merge for GH¢400m capital

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Energy bank and First Atlantic bank have begun merger talks in order to raise the 400 million cedis minimum capital requirement for banks. Citi Business News understands that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed awaiting further action from the two sides. Per the MoU, Energy Commercial Bank and First Atlantic Bank will join forces and then look for ...

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Plans to recapitalize ADB threatens merger with NIB


It is emerging that the proposed merger between ADB and NIB may not come off following a recapitalization plan outlined by ADB. The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta has stated of plans to establish a National Development Bank with the merger. The latest comes with about three weeks to the deadline for the minimum capital requirement. Citi Business News understands ...

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BoG sets new rules on related-party lending by banks

Dr. Ernest Addison - BoG Governor

The Bank of Ghana has disclosed the full implementation of the directive on financial holding companies, next year [2019]. The Governor of the central bank, Dr. Ernest Addison maintains that it will solidify the regulator’s efforts to sustain the gains so far made in the financial sector. Addressing the Annual Dinner of the Chartered Institute of Bankers over the weekend, the ...

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1.2 billion cedis NPLs write off to end in December

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The Bank of Ghana has shifted its projection of a drop in the Non Performing Loans of banks, by two more months. Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison says he expects the reflection by the end of year. Some industry watchers are also confident the move should afford banks the ability to offer more loans to businesses ...

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Cedi records poorest performance in November 2018

Ghana Cedi

The local currency, the cedi, witnessed its weakest performance in November 2018 compared to the same period in 2017; a Bank of Ghana report has shown. The cedi, in relation to the dollar, recorded a depreciation of 7.82 percent as at Thursday, November 22, 2018. This was after a two month downward performance of the local currency in relation to ...

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Ghana’s debt increases to 170.8 billion cedis – BoG


Ghana’s total debt stock has reached 170.8 billion cedis as at September 2018. A summary of economic figures released by the Bank of Ghana shows that between July and August 2018, the country added 11.4 billion cedis to its debt stock. But calculating this as a percentage of GDP, Ghana’s debt represents 57.2 percent. The country, within the period accumulated ...

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