Enforce laws on pricing in dollars in Ghana to deal with the Cedi woes – IEA to BoG, Govt

Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta (Left) and Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison

The Director of Research at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), Dr John Kwakye has given the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Ghana (BoG) a number of suggestions to enable them deal with the challenges facing the local currency, the Cedi.

Among the suggestions is the strict enforcement of foreign exchange currency laws in Ghana.

In a statement, he said among other things that “Enforce foreign exchange laws more strictly including relating to; documentation requirement for external transfers; limits on carry-on foreign currency by travelers; documentation requirements for foreign currency purchases from forex bureau; activities of unlicensed foreign currency dealers; pricing of goods and services in cedis and not in foreign currencies, payment for services provided by Ghanaians in cedis and not foreign currencies , money laundering through banks and forex bureau.”

It is recalled that the BoG earlier moved to enforce the regulations that bar trading in foreign currencies in Ghana.

Officers from the BoG, led by the Head of Communications, Esi Hammond earlier in 2020 visited the said shop in the photo – Palace supermarket on the Spintex road – and concluded that shop attendants there were willing to accept foreign currencies in exchange for goods purchased at the shop.

Consequently, the BoG has reiterated its call on the public not to trade in foreign currencies in Ghana and insisted that it would punish any person who flout the Foreign Exchange Act.

During the market surveillance visit to the Palace supermarket on Wednesday, Esi Hammond indicated to the General Manager of the supermarket, Nana Kofi, that the BoG would be doing more surveillance to stop the practice.

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She said the BoG has picked information that some schools and institutions have also been charging in dollars.

“It has come to our notice that a few shops, even schools and other institutions charge in dollars, so today we paid a visit to the Palace supermarket and we realized that some of them are willing to take dollars in exchange of goods you buy.”

She added that some persons claim they were not aware of the law, but that is not an excuse, saying the law will take its course on anybody who flouts it.

“And so we sat with them and made them know that it contradicts the [Foreign] Exchange Act, we will be going round, it is going to be continuous, we will do it in various institutions. Some of them say they are not aware of the rules. This is not right, and so the law will take its course. We need to deal only in our local currency, the cedi and not any other currency. It is against the laws of our land”.

By Laud Nartey3news.com|Ghana