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29.11.2019 Business & Finance

New Banknotes: We're Still Pursuing Cashless Society Policy - BoG

By Joseph Appiah-Dolphyne
New Banknotes: We're Still Pursuing Cashless Society Policy - BoG
NOV 29, 2019 BUSINESS & FINANCE

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) says it is not shifting away from pursuing the cashless society policy with the proposed introduction of the new banknotes.

Speaking to the media during the launch, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison said: “the introduction of these high-value notes should not be misinterpreted to mean a shift away from the Central Banks policy of pursuing a cashless society and promoting the use of electronic modes of payments.”

Dr Addison added, “While vigorously pursuing financial inclusion by accelerating the migration to e-payment platforms, we are also mindful of the relevance of cash in our day-to-day dealings. Undeniably, cash still remains the preferred medium of payment by the large informal sector in the country. This is why we continue to pay attention to enhancements in the structure, security features and management of cash within the economy. This will stay with us for some time.”

The Bank of Ghana on Friday introduced the GH¢2 coins, GH¢100 and GH¢200 notes as part of Ghana’s currency denomination.

Dr Addison said “In the coming days, the Bank of Ghana will embark on a nationwide campaign to educate the general public on the new denominations. I entreat every Ghanaian to study these new denominations carefully and be familiar with the main features to facilitate the detection of fake currency notes.”

According to the Governor, in March 2017, the Bank of Ghana begun a process of conducting a thorough review of the structure of the currency including on the note/coin boundary and acceptability and use of the individual currency series.

Dr Addison said the review exercise which involved conducting a nationwide survey with market operatives, businesses and international stakeholders as well as some empirical exercise.

“The outcome of these exercises revealed the resurgence of deadweight burden issues on the economy due to past significant inflation and perennial depreciation of the currency, significant increase in the demand for higher denomination banknote and increased cost of printing.”

In May this year, BoG put into circulation, upgraded banknotes of the Ghana Cedi.

The rationale for upgrading the banknotes was primarily to enhance the security features of the banknotes in the context of an evolving technological landscape and to bring onboard features that will secure the currency and make it difficult for counterfeiting.

In addition to enhancing the security features, the upgraded banknotes came with specific features to improve durability and enhance their machine readability.

The upgrade exercise retained the design features of the existing series of banknotes and coins as introduced twelve years ago in 2007, in a redenomination exercise that sought to recalibrate the currency due to significant deadweight burden which was a legacy of long periods of high inflation and currency devaluation.

The upgrade exercise retained the design features of the existing series of banknotes and coins as introduced twelve years ago in 2007, in a redenomination exercise that sought to recalibrate the currency due to significant deadweight burden which was a legacy of long periods of high inflation and currency devaluation.

---JoyBusiness

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