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Banking sector remains sound, liquid, and profitable but we’ll continue to monitor capital restoration efforts – Addison

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Governor of the Bank of (BoG), Dr , has said the sector remains sound, liquid, and profitable.

However, he said, the will continue to closely monitor banks’ capital restoration efforts in line with approved plans including through support from the Ghana Financial Stability Fund, following the impact of the Domestic (DDEP).

“We expect early recapitalization to promote banking sector resilience and effective financial intermediation to help speed up macroeconomic economic recovery going forward. With a successful conclusion of the first review, we need to begin to think of the second review of the programme and beyond. While tentative indications point to sound implementation of policies through to December 2023, vigilance and commitment will be needed in 2024 to undertake all the structural reforms envisaged under the programme. Implementation of these reforms to ensure the economy functions well will be critical.

“I will finally add that although a challenging year confronts us, we remain confident about the ongoing economic recovery process and would want to stress the importance of executing the needed structural reforms to support a better functioning of the economy. These structural reforms will be in ensuring long term sustainability of performance,” Dr Addison said during the joint Ghana- (IMF) press conference in Accra on Friday, January 19 on completion of the First Review of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Programme.

Dr Addison further said that the recent trends in that the economy has witnessed in the course of 2023 suggest that the managers of the economy are on course.

A year ago, at this time, inflation was at around 54 percent, but Dr Addison said through strong and innovative policies, tight monetary conditions, and relative exchange rate stability, inflation has been more than halved by the end of 2023 and will be currently reported by the (GSS) at 23 percent.

He explained that several factors have supported the disinflation process.

He cited “monetary policy stance throughout 2023, stable crude oil prices which led to stable prices with favourable impact on transportation costs, a relatively stable exchange rate environment, stronger FX reserve accumulation due to the for reserve programme, and favourable climatic conditions on the food supply chain process,” as the factors.

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Looking ahead to 2024, he said, the expectation is for inflation to ease further, underpinned by continued implementation of sound policies till inflation expectations are firmly anchored towards our single digit objective.

“In this regard, the Bank of Ghana will continue to monitor both domestic and external developments and respond appropriately to ensure that the downward inflation trajectory observed in recent months is sustained without undermining growth. The 2023 experience of a strong reduction in inflation and stronger growth is instructive.”




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