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Your demand for 2023 financial statement, others is receiving attention – BoG to Ayariga

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The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has responded to the queries raised by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, regarding losses documented in the 2023 financial statement and the rising expenses linked to its headquarters.

These inquiries were made under section 18 of the Right to Information Act 2019 (Act 989).

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In acknowledgment of the MP’s concerns, the central bank has assured him that his requests are receiving due attention.

They have communicated to him that he can anticipate hearing from them shortly regarding the information he has sought.

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In a letter dated Thursday, June 6, addressed to the legislator, the Bank of Ghana encouraged him to await their forthcoming response, assuring him that they would furnish the requested information in due course.

“The Bank acknowledges your receipt of your letter dated June 3, and notes the content thereof.

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“We write to inform you that your request is receiving attention,” the BoG letter said.

The Bank of Ghana reported a loss of GH₵10.5 billion for the financial year ending in 2023.

The primary cause for this deficit was a notable surge in total interest expenses on open market operations by the Central Bank, which rose by GH₵6.7 billion during the review period.

In August 2023, the Bank of Ghana also defended its new $250 million headquarters.

In a statement released on Monday, June 3, Ayariga stated, “I write on the instructions of the Minority Leader of Parliament to request for the following information: Detailed particulars of the status of the write-offs made in respect of government’s indebtedness to BoG.

“Reasons for the combined losses of approximately GH₵70 billion as stated in the BoG’s financial statements for 2022 and 2023. The status of the further expenses on the infamous head office building, which costs keep escalating.”

He further asked for “Reasons for recording a policy rate of 30% in 2023 as this is the highest record of policy rate in the last 20 years. Detailed particulars on the costs of the new construction at the premises of the old BoG clinic. Reasons for the total currency issuance expense of GH₵688.87 million as stated in BoG’s financial statement and annual report for 2023.”

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