General News of 2014-08-22

Bawumia challenged on exchange rate claim

Currency Analyst with the Gold Coast Security, Samuel Ampah has expressed surprise at Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s assertions that Ghana’s inflation and exchange rate figures are not credible.

According to him, the methodology used in calculating the figures by the Bank of Ghana when Dr. Bawumia was a Deputy Governor has not changed and therefore disagreed with the claims.

Speaking to Joy News Thursday evening, Mr. Ampah said “maybe I would want to find out from Dr. Bawumia if the methodology that was used when he was at the Bank of Ghana as the Deputy Governor has changed; because I believe that it’s the same method that was used when he was there, to calculate the rate of depreciation that the Governor or the Central Bank is using at the moment.”

He added that ever since the value of the currency was measured in terms of depreciation, “there is no model of which is being applied by either Bloomberg, Reuters or Gold Coast fund management that corresponds to that of the Central Bank.”

The New Patriotic Party’s two-time Vice-Presidential candidate Dr. Bawumia had questioned the credibility of the country’s inflation and exchange rate figures on his Facebook wall [] Thursday.

In that post he pointed out: “An examination of recent data on inflation released by the Ghana Statistical Service as well as exchange rate data reported by the Bank of Ghana raises serious concerns.”

The BoG, he said, “would have us believe that since June 17 this year, the exchange rate of the cedi to the US dollar has remained unchanged at some GHC 3.02 per US dollar,” and has thus “remained fixed at this rate over the last three months.”

Dr. Bawumia said “A simple look at the interbank market exchange rates indicates that the cedi has not only been depreciating daily, but is currently trading between GHC3.7 and GHC 4.1 per dollar with an average of some GHC3.8 per US dollar.”

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