BoG To Auction $125m To Check Forex Supply

Dr Ernest Addison – BoG Governor

THE BANK of Ghana plans
to auction a total of $125,000,000 for the fourth quarter of 2019 spanning
October to December.

The exercise is
expected to be carried out in five tranches over the three months period.

For each tranche,
the Central bank is seeking to auction $25,000,000.

A notice by the
Bank of Ghana to all authorized dealers said the move was in accordance with
the Foreign Exchange Forward Auction Guidelines issued on the 23rd September, 2019.

For every auction
date, bids would be received between 10am and 11:30 am.

$50m
auctions

On October 1,
2019, the Bank of Ghana commenced the forward auction of forex where it sought
to auction $50 million.

The central bank
at the time auctioned $17,000,000.

Forward
auction to help cedi stability

Meanwhile, Banking
Consultant, Nana Otuo Acheampong in an earlier interview said he was confident
that the Bank of Ghana’s forward sales of forex should help stabilize the cedi
for some time.

He explained that
the ability of traders to access the foreign currency would also reduce any
speculation which often distorts the market.

“The fluctuation has partly been caused by the uncertainty where all of a sudden people are making payments which they have not budgeted for in foreign currency. So they have to rush for the cedi equivalent and at that time the exchange rate might have changed and then they find themselves buying the forex at any rate that is available. But this one is a way of bringing certainty,” he remarked.

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