The rate of depreciation of the Ghana cedi has slowed down, as the local currency went down by a little above 0.20% to the dollar the whole of last week.

This will come as good news to businesses, importers and consumers who are worried about the rapid decline in the value of the local currency.

The cedi has, however, lost 14.44% to the American currency since the beginning of the year, and still ranks last as Africa’s top performing currencies.

It is unclear whether proceeds from the five-year bond which the interest cost was 20.75% contributed to the slowdown in depreciation of the local currency.

The Monetary Policy of the Bank of Ghana will be meeting this week and the expected increment in the policy rate will entice investors to invest in government securities rather than buying dollars, a move that will help slowdown the depreciation of the cedi further.

An increase in the policy rate will, however, mean cost of credit or loans will go up.

Chief Finance Officer of the Valley View University, Dr Williams Peprah, earlier told Joy Business the Bank of Ghana should increase interest rates in the country to help stop the free fall of the Ghana cedi.

According to him, increasing interest yield will entice investors to purchase more government securities and help slowdown the depreciation of the cedi, despite the difficulty it will bring to the economy.

“When a country’s currency is suffering from devaluation, as we have experienced in Ghana in the first two months of the year, where we have the worst performing currency, the only alternative to stop the devaluation is from increasing interest rates in the country”.

AFRICA’S TOP CURRENCIES

CURRENCY YEAR-TO-DATE PERFORMANCE RANKING
Namibian dollar 5.54% 1st
South African rand 5.35% 2nd
Botswana pula 1.17% 3rd
Egypt pound            0.00% 4th
Malawi kwacha 0.00% 4th
Tanzania shilling -0.03% 6th
Malawi kwacha -0.68% 7th
Nigeria naira            -0.63% 8th
Kenya shilling -0.91% 9th
Mauritius repee -0.96% 10th
Tunisia dinar -1.77% 11th
Côte d’Ivoire CFA -2.77 12th
Morocco dirham -4.37% 13th
Zambia kwacha -8.63% 14th
Ghana cedi -14.44 15th

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