Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that some analysts and commentators have misinterpreted Ghana’s policy of using gold reserves to pay for oil as an attempt by the country to move away from using the US dollar for international transactions.
Speaking at the 2022 AGI Awards in Accra, Dr. Bawumia noted that to the contrary, Ghana's gold for oil program will give Ghana the space to accumulate more international reserves as the country will save the $3 billion it spends on oil imports.
He added that the use of gold was specifically for oil imports in the face of declining foreign exchange reserves.
“Unfortunately some people have misinterpreted this as Ghana being against the use of the US dollar in international transactions. Far from it. We want to accumulate more US dollar reserves in the future”, the Vice President noted.
Vice President Bawumia noted that a major source of cedi depreciation has been the demand for forex to finance the import of oil products and to address this challenge, the government is negotiating a new policy regime where sustainably mined gold will be used to buy oil products.
Dr. Bawumia said: “If we implement the gold for oil policy as it as envisioned, 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, he noted, 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.
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