Cedi strengthens in value against dollar; 1$ now ¢13.70

The Ghana cedi strengthened in value against the dollar almost a day after the government launched the Debt Exchange Programme.

The local currency also improved in value against the other major foreign currencies, the pound and the euro.

It is being sold by forex bureaus at an average of ¢13.70 to the American ‘greenback’. It is also going for ¢14 to the euro and ¢16.70 to the pound.

It is, however, unclear why the cedi gained value against these major international currencies.

But some market watchers and analysts may attribute it to the Debt Exchange Programme as the government defined the parameters of the programme to pave way for a programme from the International Monetary Fund.

The local currency had remained relatively stable, particularly to the dollar in recent weeks.

It saw a week-on-week appreciation of 3.12 per cent against the dollar, 0.88 per cent to the pound and 3.79 per cent versus the euro on the retail market.

It has however depreciated by a little over 50 per cent since the beginning of the year.

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