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IMF inflow eases pressure on cedi

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Recent positive developments have significantly stabilized the Ghanaian cedi (GH¢) against the US dollar (US$).

Key factors include a substantial IMF disbursement, successful negotiations with external creditors, and reduced corporate demand for foreign exchange. Last week, the cedi held firm against the dollar, benefiting from improved market sentiment following the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF) review and disbursement.

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) also intervened by selling approximately US$19 million, further supporting cedi stability.

This marks a turnaround from earlier pressures that saw the cedi depreciate by 22.45% in the first half of the year due to high corporate demand for foreign exchange.

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Databank Research highlighted the BoG’s strategic interventions and the IMF’s US$360 million injection into reserves as crucial in stabilizing the cedi.

The IMF’s endorsement and financial support have boosted investor confidence, easing immediate cedi pressures.

Additionally, reaching an agreement with external creditors has eased debt management, reducing strain on foreign reserves and enhancing economic stability.

While the cedi showed minor declines against the euro (EUR) and British pound (GBP), recent stabilization against the US dollar is promising.

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Looking forward, analysts anticipate continued stability with improved market liquidity and slowing demand.

External factors like global economic conditions and commodity prices, as well as domestic monetary policy decisions, will influence future cedi performance.

Vigilance and proactive economic management remain essential amid global and local economic complexities.

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