Relying on foreign capital is both risky and costly – Akufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo

President has indicated that relying on borrowing for in African countries comes with challenges.

He said it is risky and costly.

To that end, he is calling for the strengthening of African financial institutions and their ownership in order to provide financial support to African countries at a low cost.

said these when he was speaking at the 30th Afreximbank Annual Meeting that started on Sunday in Accra, June 18. with the theme “Delivering The Vision, Building Prosperity For Africans.”

The meeting is expected to end on  June 21, 2023.

He said “The reality is that unless we have strong financial institutions we are not going to develop. As we have learned over the past decades, relying on foreign capital is both risky and costly.

“It has resulted in huge financial leakages through the high cost of defaulting in borrowing and interest rate payments and undermines the growth of our financial institutions, domestic resource mobilization, and private sector development through the cost of funds.

“The ownership of our financial institutions should be strengthened over time to enhance continuous development and relevance.

“Two interventions are important to strengthen the developmental impact of the financial wherewithal of our development financial institutions. They are capital and effective coordination with the .

“Regarding the first set of interventions capital, I want to reiterate that despite consistent efforts made by many African governments including during extremely difficult macroeconomic and global operating environments, our development financial institutions remain highly undercapitalized.”

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