The economy is structurally imbalanced – Banking consultant

Banking Consultant, Dr Richard Atuahene has said the country’s economy is structurally imbalanced.

Speaking in an interview on Joy FM’s Top Story on Monday, he attributed the structural imbalance to the over-dependence on imports.

Dr Atuahene was responding to reports that the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison was meeting managers of banks and operators of forex bureaux to address the depreciation of the cedi.

The meeting is also supposed to fix the overpricing of the dollar on the market.

According to Dr Atuahene, “For meeting other people, it looks good but to me, the economy is structurally imbalanced. If you depend so much on imports and not make a conscious effort to look at exports, you are going to have a situation like this.”

The local currency has depreciated further to sell at ¢15.20 to one US dollar.

This is about 3.4 per cent depreciation in less than a day, after trading on October 24, at ¢14.70.

Dr Atuahene noted that the Bank of Ghana’s meeting with managers of banks and operators of forex bureau would not amount to any benefit in salvaging the economy.

“The inflation is 37.2, the biggest since 2001 and this indicates the pricing of the currency. So i don’t know what meeting other people can help us to stop, because currently, the cedi is on the run. Unfortunately, because we do not have access to the capital markets to borrow to shore it, it is finding its level,” he said.

He called for a change in the structure of the economy adding that the country should focus on producing more for export market rather than depending solely on imports.

He added that once the export base was built, it would go a long way toward assisting the country in generating foreign exchange to help stop the cedi’s depreciation.

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