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Dollar could be sold at GHC20 by end of 2024 – Kofi Amoabeng

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The founder of the defunct UT Bank and UT Holdings, Capt. Rtd. Prince Kofi Amoabeng, has forecasted that the local currency, the cedi, could further depreciate, potentially reaching GHȼ20 to a dollar by the end of the year.

He attributed this to the historical trend of the dollar strengthening during election years.

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In an interview on Joy News’ AM Show on Thursday, May 16, he expressed his concerns, stating, “My fear is that if the cedi to the dollar is now GHȼ15 and we are just about getting to an election; the records are there that every time there’s an election, there is a huge devaluation of the cedi.”

“So I wouldn’t be surprised if the cedi by the end of the year is hovering around GHȼ 18 or 20.”

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He highlighted the country’s over-reliance on imports and the decline in exports as major contributing factors to the challenges facing the cedi.

According to him, Ghana does not export adequate resources, and even cocoa exports, which used to be significant, are now decreasing.

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He argued that countries with robust export economies experience strong growth, while those heavily reliant on imports face economic challenges.

Mr. Amoabeng emphasised the need for better infrastructure, strategic planning, and holistic approaches to address these issues. He also pointed out that agricultural workers are leaving the sector due to insufficient support.

 “So, unless we look into ourselves and take pragmatic action to reduce…initially it should be harsh, but certain things shouldn’t even be imported at all.

“So why is it that we’ve been forced to import things that we cannot pay for, I don’t get it.”

Mr. Amoabeng suggested focusing on local rice production instead of importing foreign rice to reduce the country’s import cover.

Analysts foresee a continued weakening trajectory of the local currency as the foreign exchange demand-supply disparity remains substantial.

However, they anticipate improved liquidity conditions towards the end of the second quarter of 2024 after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) board approves the second review of Ghana’s program. This approval is expected to lead to a tranche disbursement of US$360 million under the IMF program.

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