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Business News of Monday, 23 July 2012

Source: Bank Of Ghana

Bank of Ghana sanctions Access Bank and 5 Forex Bureaux

The Bank of Ghana has decided to take action on a number of irregularities in the conduct of foreign exchange transfers by Access Bank and a number of Forex Bureaux which breaches the foreign exchange act, 2006, act 723.

Access Bank Ghana Limited engaged in the externalization of various sums in favour of a company which had no account relationship with the bank and, in another instance, in favour of a company without any documentation.

The transfers were made without the documentation required by the Foreign Exchange Act and Guidelines. The Bank of Ghana has therefore decided to suspend Access Bank Ghana Limited from engaging in foreign exchange business for a period of six months.

The operating licences of the five bureaux, namely, Ocean Drive Forex Bureau, Kafsons Forex Bureau, Fatcoms Forex Bureau, Nabrim Forex Bureau and Sears Forex Bureau, all in Accra, have been revoked.

The bureaux purchased huge sums of foreign exchange from banks for onward sale to clients but failed to record these purchases in their books and also did not include the information in the returns submitted to the Bank of Ghana, thereby concealing the end use of such funds.

The Bank of Ghana takes this opportunity to advise all banks and licensed dealers in foreign exchange to strictly abide by the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Act 2006, Act 723 or face stiff sanctions, including prosecution.**

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