Cedi depreciation taking heavy toll on our capital, wreaking havoc to businesses- GUTA
GHANA UNION OF TRADERS’ ASSOCIATIONS
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE DEPRECIATION OF THE CEDI
The rapid depreciation of the local currency, the cedi against the major trading
currencies, especially, the United States Dollar gives cause for alarm.
It is taking a heavy toll on our capital and wreaking havoc on businesses in the country and also increasing financial burden on the consuming public.
From December, 2021 to date, our capital has been depleted by about 16%.
In December, 2021, when the rate of the cedi to a dollar was Gh₵6.4, a trader could use Gh₵640,000.00 to buy USD100,000.00. Today, as the rate is about
Gh₵7.6 to a dollar, the same Gh₵640,000.00 can buy only USD84,000.00, thereby,
making a loss of USD16,000.00, which is the 16% depletion.
Therefore, if one still wants to buy USD100,000.00, he/she needs to find
additional Gh₵120,000.00 to top up within this short period. This is very serious
and needs urgent solution to save not only businesses but also the economy.
It will require consented efforts by engaging all relevant stakeholders for urgent discussion and immediate solution to this menace.
Dr. Joseph Obeng
Source : GUTA