The Ghana cedi may receive a sentiment boost should the government secure a staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund by December 2022, the September 2022 African Markets Revealed report by the Standard Chartered Bank has stated.
The report however, stated that debt restructuring concerns may restrain foreign portfolio investment until there is clarity on the mooted deal.
In its base case scenario, Standard Chartered Bank foresees at least a staff-level agreement with the IMF for a funded programme between December 2022 and April 2023.
“Our base case foresees at least a staff-level agreement with the IMF for a funded programme worth around $3.0 billion between December 2022 and Apr 2023. However, disbursement here may depend on the requisite debt restructuring requirements and the concomitant timeliness”.
The country’s gross forex reserves were down around $2.1 billion between January 2022 and June 2022 and $3.4 billion between June 2022 and July 2022.
The report added that should the government secure a staff-level agreement with the IMF by December 2022, expenditure on capital projects may have to be postponed in order to consolidate public finances.
This according to the report meant infrastructural projects would come to a halt at least for some time.
The report said Current Account deficit would narrow to 2.1 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2022, but thereafter widen to 3.6 per cent in 2023.
“Growth in goods exports has been robust, and the rise in goods imports is gradual. Gold exports grew by 13.1 per cent year-on-year, to $3.0 billion in June 2022, while oil exports receipts rose 61.3 per cent year-on-year, to $2.8 billion,” it said.
It also said oil export earnings may moderate in 2023 as international prices soften further.
Gold prices too may trend down over the coming year, although domestic production may recover further and support goods exports.
BY TIMES REPORTER