Gold for oil is an excellent decision - Economist lauds government

Dr George Domfeh, Economist1 Development Economist, Dr George Domfeh

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 Source: peacefmonline.com

A Development Economist and research fellow with the Centre for Social Policy studies at the University of Ghana Legon, Dr George Domfeh, has backed government’s decision to trade Ghana’s valuable natural resource, gold for oil.

He described the yet-to-be-implemented move as an “excellent decision” ever by the current demonstration.

“It is very innovative,” he said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show, 'Ghana Montie'.

Dr Bawumia had earlier revealed the government is negotiating a new policy that seeks to ensure the country purchases imported oil products with gold rather than foreign exchange.

In a Facebook post on November 24, 2022, the Vice President said the policy is expected to take effect by the end of the first quarter of 2023 and form parts of efforts to address the persistent depreciation of the cedi.

He explained that once the policy is implemented, “it will fundamentally change our balance of payments and significantly reduce the persistent depreciation of our currency with its associated increases in fuel, electricity, water, transport, and food prices”.

“This is because the exchange rate (spot or forward) will no longer directly enter the formula for the determination of fuel or utility prices since all the domestic sellers of fuel will no longer need foreign exchange to import oil products,” the Vice president said.

Adding that, “the barter of gold for oil represents a major structural change. My thanks to the Ministers for Lands and Natural Resources, Energy, and Finance, Precious Minerals Marketing Company, and the Governor of the Bank of Ghana for their supportive work on this new policy. We expect this new framework to be fully operational by the end of the first quarter of 2023. God bless our homeland Ghana.”

Source: peacefmonline.com
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