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Ghana plans to buy oil with gold instead of U.S. dollars
By Cooper Inveen, Christian Akorlie, and Sofia Christensen
Thursday, November 24, 2022
ACCRA, Ghana -- Ghana's government is working on a new policy to buy oil products with gold rather than U.S. dollar reserves, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said on Facebook today.
The move is meant to tackle dwindling foreign currency reserves coupled with demand for dollars by oil importers, which is weakening the local cedi and increasing living costs.
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Ghana's Gross International Reserves stood at around $6.6 billion at the end of September 2022, equating to less than three months of imports cover. That is down from around $9.7 billion at the end of last year, according to the government.
If implemented as planned for the first quarter of 2023, the new policy "will fundamentally change our balance of payments and significantly reduce the persistent depreciation of our currency," Bawumia said. ...
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