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General News of Saturday, 30 November 2019


Trending GH: Ghanaians reject new GHC100 and GHC200 notes

A good number of Ghanaians have expressed disaffection on the new 100 and 200 cedi notes play videoA good number of Ghanaians have expressed disaffection on the new 100 and 200 cedi notes

A good cross section of Ghanaians are expressing disaffection about the introduction of new cedi denominations; 2 Cedi coin, 100 and 200 cedi notes by the Bank of Ghana.

According to the governor of the central bank, the new denominations are meant to align well with the needs of the Ghanaian people.

But reacting to this development, many Ghanaians bemoaned the inconvenience the new notes will bring. To some, the daily troubles that come with conducting transactions in higher denominations are enough reasons for them to reject the announcement by the bank of Ghana.

“I don’t like the idea, because even the 50 and 20 cedi notes when you lose one it feels like losing your whole world.” A trader told GhanaWeb.

“How can you tell me you are bringing 100 and 200 cedi notes, even 20 cedis, we were not able to break it down. So how will I be able to break it down. What is important is not coming and you are in to tell us you are bringing in two hundred and hundred cedis. For what, for what reason?” Another queried.

Others also said the new notes will serve as another conduit for the proliferation of fake notes, a problem traders have been battling overtime.

“It would’ve helped but even the GHC50 that was introduced some time ago has been infiltrated with fakes. Just this morning someone bought goods from shop attendants with this fake note. We are hardly able to detect the fake ones these days. So I would suggest we maintain the current denominations.” A cloth seller told www.ghanaweb.

On the other hand, some other Ghanaians believe the new denominations which will be the highest in the coins and notes categories, will provide a good level of convenience for conducting businesses. They say the convenience of carrying less denominations worth more, will help with their business transactions.

I feel it will help all of us because even in Togo their currency is in higher denominations and robbers are hardly able to detect it when you have it on you. So I feel if we also get bigger denominations it will help.”
“It is very good because when you go out you will carry lesser notes on you.” Another trader supported

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana at a press conference, announced the development;

“A lot of thinking went into the decision to introduce the higher denomination banknotes. The structure of the banknote should align well with the needs of the people who use it for their daily transactions.

“We need banknotes and coins that are convenient for most people to use, high quality, secure and cost-effective. Accordingly, 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.