Virginia Palmer: US ambassador calls on Bank of Ghana governor

The BoG boss Ernest Addison gave assurance to the US senior envoy that the raft of measures introduced by the bank will help restore macroeconomic stability

The United States ambassador to Ghana Virginia Palmer on Wednesday (30 November) paid a courtesy call on the Governor of the central bank Ernest Addison.

In a welcoming address, Addison provided an overview of Ghana’s current economic situation and noted that inflation had risen to over 40%, whilst the Ghana cedi had depreciated by over 53% on a year-to-date basis.

He, however, gave assurance to the US senior envoy that the raft of measures introduced by the bank and the impending International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme will help restore macroeconomic stability in the medium term.

The Governor expressed optimism that the 2023 Budget had taken the initial step to reset fiscal policy on a consolidation path, and the smooth implementation will ease debt sustainability concerns.  

On her part, the US ambassador Palmer expressed gratitude to the Governor and management of the bank. She commended the Addison-led management for the key role they have played in ensuring that the banking sector remains sound and safe, despite the economic challenges.

She also pledged her office support to Ghana as steps are taken to overcome the current economic challenges, emphasising on the need to use the opportunity to push through major economic reforms to permanently resolve the current economic challenges.

The ambassador was accompanied by the economic section chief of the US embassy, Stephanie Hutchison. 

In the governor’s team were the First and Second deputy governors, the directors of research, financial sarkets and the bank’s secretary. 


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