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Business News of Wednesday, 26 August 2020


We’re extra vigilant on banks - BoG boss assures Akufo-Addo

Dr Ernest Addison with President Akufo-Addo Dr Ernest Addison with President Akufo-Addo

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison, has said the central bank is now vigilant on banks to ensure that they operate within the framework of the laws governing the sector to avoid what led to the clean-up exercise which led to the collapse of some nine domestic banks.

Dr Addison told President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday, August 25 when the latter paid a working visit to them.

He said the clean-up has resulted in a stable financial sector with fewer banks and Specialized Deposit-Taking Institutions (SDIs) that are well capitalised, liquid, and solvent, and better able to support our nation’s economic growth agenda.

These efforts helped to earn the Bank international acclaim as the Central Bank of the Year in 2019.

By the end of 2019, all the financial sector soundness indicators showed strong improvements as capital adequacy ratio, profitability, and liquidity levels increased significantly while non-performing loans declined.

He said: “Your Excellency, Government’s decision to provide funding to pay off depositors and former employees of the defunct financial institutions, came at great cost to the national budget, but has provided significant financial relief to several thousands of individuals, households, and small businesses, and has helped to keep the financial system stable. The successful launch of the Ghana Deposit Protection Scheme in November 2019 under the auspices of the Bank of Ghana to help them protect the savings of small depositors, further promotes confidence in the banking system.

“We continue to remain vigilant in our role as supervisor of the banking system, and through the instrumentality of the Financial Stability Council, which His Excellency established by Executive Instrument in December 2018, we will continue to work with other financial sector regulators to ensure a stable financial system that supports Ghana’s transformational socio-economic development agenda.

“Your Excellency, all across the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on human lives, abruptly halted the steady growth recovery in advanced economies, and heightened economic uncertainty in emerging and developing countries.

“The disruptions to global supply chains have been unprecedented. In response to the economic fallout of the pandemic, policymakers have embarked on extensive measures to support health institutions, households, and businesses. Fiscal and monetary policy frameworks have been recalibrated to support growth and minimize the impact of COVID-19 on job losses and poverty.

“In Ghana, our economy has been severely impacted by the pandemic, as economic activities slowed down significantly, and impacted negatively on individuals and businesses. However, once again, your able leadership and globally acclaimed response to the pandemic is beginning to yield results. Economic activity which dipped significantly during the peak of the lockdown is already beginning to pick up as monitored by the Bank’s updated Composite Index of Economic Activity.”