Recapitalisation of banks meant to strengthen capacity of banks – Veep

Vice President Dr Bawumia.

Vice President Dr Bawumia.

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has reassured banks in the country that government’s recapitalisation initiative is only to ensure banks have capacity to lend and support the private sector in accelerating the country’s economic growth.


According to him, the initiative would help address capital challenges in the financial sector and provide enough credit funds needed by the private sector for expansion and growth of business.


“The initiative to increase the minimum capital requirements of universal banks is to ensure banks have the capacity to lend to the private sector and support its growth in our joint efforts to deepen economic growth and development,” he stated.


Dr Bawumia was speaking in Accra yesterday at the GHANGERIA Rising Conference 2018, the first of an annual event that seeks to engage both Ghanaian and Nigerian businesses about opportunities, practices and challenges in the two countries.


On the theme “Harnessing the Business Opportunities in Ghana and Nigeria to Accelerate Inclusive Economic Growth and Development”, it is also expected to enable identification and initiation of profitable businesses that benefit the two countries and their people.


Commending the organisers for the event, Dr Bawumia said it was long overdue for Ghanaian and Nigerian businesses to cooperate in identifying business prospects in both countries and increase competitiveness in the sub-region and maximise the opportunities that exist for business in the ever-expanding Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) markets.


He said government and its counterpart from Nigeria were thus convinced that support and promotion of private sector-led enterprise was the best and sustainable means to national economic development.


In line with this, the Vice President said government was focused on transforming Ghana into the best business-friendly economy in Africa by improving the country’s taxation policy to make available additional working capital for businesses.


Policies and strategies that ensures macroeconomic stability including the reduction of the fiscal deficit from 9.3 per cent in January 2017 to the current six per cent as well as reducing inflation rate from 15 per cent and an economic growth from 3.6 per cent to 8.5 per cent, have been pursued by the government as part of drive to create the enabling environment for businesses.


Additionally, he said the formalisation of the Ghanaian economy through the introduction of a national identification card, digital address system, online land registration as well as the paperless system at the country’s various ports, was to reduce transaction time and improve revenue.


In order to facilitate payments and transfers, Dr Bawumia noted that government was championing the passage of the payment system and electronic transfer Bill into law which was expected to deepen financial intermediation, improve access to credits, movement of funds in the country and as well ensure improvement in financial relations with external trading partners.


He said government’s agricultural and industrialisation policies; Planting for Food and Jobs and One District One Factory, were private sector support initiatives to drive productivity, increase farmer incomes through improved input and output management systems and provide jobs to Ghanaians.


Nigeria Ambassador to Ghana, Olufemi Michael Abikoye, reiterated the need for the two countries to build and strengthen platforms that necessitate private sector growth and removes impediments for improved trade between the two countries.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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