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Business News of Thursday, 18 August 2022


FULL TEXT: BoG Monetary Policy Committee hikes benchmark rate to 22%

Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison

The Bank of Ghana has increased the monetary policy rate by 300 basis points to hit 22% from an earlier 19% rate.

This comes after an emergency meeting was held on August 17, 2022, to address the hike in inflation rates which currently stands at an all-time high of 31.7%.

The Central Bank in an August 17 statement said, "Under the circumstances, and considering the risks to the inflation outlook, the Committee decided on a 300 basis points increase in the Monetary Policy Rate to 22 percent."

It also said "The latest consumer price index release showed that the headline inflation accelerated further for the eleventh consecutive month to 31.7 percent in July 2022, from 29.8 percent in June 2022. This was driven by both food and nonfood price pressures.

"Food inflation rose to 32.3 percent in July 2022 from 30.7 percent in June 2022. Similarly, non-food inflation increased to 31.3 percent from 29.1 percent in June 2022, contributing 55 percent to the rise in headline inflation in July 2022."

Find below the full statement.

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