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ADB leading cedi stability: The Ekumfi example

Ekumfi Beverages.jpeg Ekumfi is one of the government One District, One Factory programmes

Thu, 31 Mar 2022 Source: Edward Desewu

Stabilising the Cedi amid the Ukraine War /post-Covid crisis - Perfect timing of ADB -Ekumfi Import substitution case

The supply chain crisis resulting from Covid related measures, as well as the Russia/Ukraine war, seems to have no end in sight.

This is especially the case in the food sector, where the situation has been compounded by fertiliser price increases, upward adjustments in oil prices and wildfires and bird flu in some countries.

There have been numerous reports of empty shelves in grocery shops, commodity price hikes.

ADB's deliberate show of massive support to the Agribusiness sector in Ghana, mainly the food and beverages sector, cannot be better timed.

The support has enabled beneficiaries such as Ekumfi to optimise operations to meet local demand as well as export.

The immediate benefits of this move include a significant increase in import substitution and export for forex gains as well as job creation for the youth and women⁹

ADB "put its money where its mouth is" - in its agric and more agenda to enable a self-reliant economy

This support must be emulated if Ghana wants to put some action to all its talk about currency stabilisation. The global crisis is creating a global demand for food, and Ghana has the potential to step in to promote subtitles and create international markets.

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Columnist: Edward Desewu