Bank of Ghana postpones MPC meeting to 26 May

The BoG says the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which was to take place from 19 May to 21 May 2021 has been postponed

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has postponed its Monetary Policy Committee meeting slated for Wednesday 19 May to review development in the Ghanaian economy.

A statement issued by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) said the meeting which was originally planned to take place May 19 – 21 May 2021 has been rescheduled to May 26 – 28 May 2021.

It is not yet clear what might have led to the postponement of the meetings which will also be used to announce a review of the policy rate by the bank.

Read the statement below:

Policy rate maintained

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the central bank on Monday (22 March 2021) maintained the policy rate at 14.5%.

This is the sixth time the Monetary Policy Committee is maintaining the policy rate at 14.5%. The policy rate is indicative of the rate at which the Bank of Ghana lends to commercial banks in the country.

Announcing the decision of the MPC, Governor of the Central Bank, Dr Ernest Addison, said it took the decision based on easing underlying inflation and inflation expectation.

“After declining in January 2021, headline inflation rose in February slightly above the upper band of the medium-term target, driven mainly by non-food prices,” he said.

Dr Addison added, “The bank’s forecast, however, remain broadly unchanged with headline inflation expected to return to the target band in the second quarter of 2021.”

Business confidence

Meanwhile, the central bank’s latest confidence surveys conducted in February 2021 showed some softening of both consumer and business sentiments.

“The softening of consumer confidence reflected heightened concerns about the potential re-imposition of restrictions following the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the first two months of the year.”

According to him, the country’s gross international reserves at the end of February 2021 was US$8,719.7 million, providing cover for 4.2 months of imports of goods.

The reserve level compares with the end-December 2020 position of US$8,624.4 million, which is equivalent to 4.1 months of import cover, according to the central bank.

Fred Dzakpata

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