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Cedi has cumulatively depreciated by 14.2% in 2024 – DR. Amin Adam

  Fri, 24 May 2024
Economy & Investments Cedi has cumulatively depreciated by 14.2% in 2024 – DR. Amin Adam
FRI, 24 MAY 2024 LISTEN

Minister of Finance, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, has stated that the depreciation of the Cedi has been largely stabilised from November 2022 to December 2023 and continues to experience a fair appreciation against the Dollar in 2024.

At his monthly briefing on the economy, the minister said the exchange rate has been largely stabilised with the depreciation of the cedi against the US Dollar halving from 54.2% at the end of Nov 2022 to 27.8% at the end of Dec 2023.

He also said the Cedi is expected to be strengthened in the medium term after the completion of the domestic debt exchange programme.

“But for recent pressures we are seeing on exchange rate movements, the exchange rate has been largely stabilised with the depreciation of the cedi against the US Dollar halving from 54.2% at the end of Nov 2022 to 27.8% at the end of Dec 2023.

“The Cedi's stability has continued into 2024, with a cumulative depreciation of 14.2% as of 20th May 2024, compared to 20.7% recorded in the same period in 2023. We expect the cedi's stability to improve into the medium-term as we complete debt restructuring, make more progress on fiscal consolidation, and improve our reserves over the medium-term.”

He further addressed the current pressures in the Cedi which he attributed to the “strengthening of the US Dollar against major trading currencies”

“The recent pressures we are observing on the cedi is largely on the back of the strengthening of the US Dollar against major trading currencies, seasonal forex demand including elevated demand from corporate institutions, payment to contractors and to IPPs, high Cedi liquidity and speculation.”

Dr. Amin Adam enumerated a number of measures including enhancing revenue mobilisation, approval of World Bank loans, among others which he said the government is working on to further improve the strength of Cedi against some major trading currencies.

The weakening of the Cedi has left some trader groups including GUTA and Organised Labour calling for urgent measures to halt the depreciation.

-Citinewsroom

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