Ghana Cedi posts 14% year-to-date depreciation rate to dollar

Year-To-Date [YTD] depreciation of the cedi to the dollar has reached 14.21%.

The current 14.21% YTD depreciation of the cedi is against the 7.6% YTD depreciation recorded at end-February 2021.

Comparing the new depreciation rate to that of end-February 2021, this marks a 6.61% depreciation of the cedi within the first 8 days of the month of March 2022.

The decline in value of the cedi still ranked it as the worst performing among Africa’s top performing currencies.

AFRICA’S TOP CURRENCIES

CURRENCY YEAR-TO-DATE PERFORMANCE RANKING
Namibian dollar 4.51% 1st
South African rand 3.97% 2nd
Botswana pula 0.94% 3rd
Egypt pound 0.00% 4th
Malawi kwacha 0.00% 4th
Tanzania shilling -0.02% 6th
Malawi kwacha -0.68% 7th
Nigeria naira -0.70% 8th
Tunisian dinar -0.91% 9th
Uganda shilling -1.16% 10th
Mauritius rupee -1.75% 11th
Côte d’Ivoire CFA -2.64 12th
Morocco dirham -4.16% 13th
Zambia kwacha -7.45% 14th
Ghana cedi -14.21 15th

Several factors including perceived risks in the Ghanaian economy, as a result of high interest payments on borrowed funds and financial challenges within the economy, have been attributed to the rapid depreciation of the cedi.

This has fueled the selling of the country’s international bonds by some international investors and consequently reduction in foreign inflows.

Speaking in an interview, Chief Finance Officer at the Valley View University, Dr. Williams Peprah, opined that the Bank of Ghana should step up its regulatory activities to prevent people from hoarding the US dollar.

“Though Ghana operates an open market economy, but if we are able to use regulation to strengthen the regulatory activities to prevent people from hoarding dollars, it will help the country to also stop devaluation of the cedi”.

“one of the areas we can use as a country to make sure that our currency does not devalue is boost in exports. Normally in periods that a country experience currency devaluation, the positive side is that it makes our exports very cheaper. If Ghana as a country can take advantage of our currency devaluation to make sure we are able to do more exports, then it will turn the fortunes, so Ghana’s currency will be strengthe,” he remarked.

Dr. Peprah also urged the Majority and Minority in Parliament to resolve their differences, particularly over the Electronic Transaction Levy [E-Levy] to send positive signals to investors that the country’s democracy is stronger.

“Another important things is that the current political instability, especially what is happening in parliament over this disagreement [E-Levy] also has indirect effect on the way our currency is behaving, because investors are not certain about the kind of decision and which will trickle down to the monetary policy.”

“So Political instability, especially as we are seeing in our Parliament house, if we are able to have amicable solution it will have an indirect effect to improve our currency devaluation. Not a matter of just E-Levy, but a total understanding of what is really happen in our law marking area will also help”, he added.

Source: norvanreports