Demand for the US dollar surged further, according to the latest auction of the American ‘greenback’ by the Bank of Ghana (BoG).
Data from the Central Bank indicates that demand surpassed supply by $79.75 million, compared with $75.25 million recorded a fortnight ago.
According to the latest result from the sale of dollars through the Forex Forward Rates Auction to dealers, the Bank of Ghana supplied $25 million to the dealers, largely the banks.
However, the bids submitted for the purchase of the American ‘greenback’ was estimated at $104.75 million, higher than the $100.25 million recorded a fortnight ago (October 15, 2022).
Per the results, the high demand for the US dollar has begun growing rapidly.
For now, the only interim solution to the fast fall of the cedi is the coming in of the first tranche of the $1.13 billion cocoa syndication loan. This will temporarily help boost the supply of the American ‘greenback’ to some extent.
Again, $53.5 million for the seven-day tenor was the highest bid by the dealers, followed by $34.7 million for the 15-day tenor.
The 30-day tenor received bids worth $13.35 million, higher than a fortnight ago. The 45-day tenor received bids amounting to $2.75 million.
The 60-day tenor also received bids worth $500,000. There was, however, no bid for the 75-day tenor.
The highest number of bids submitted by the dealers was for the 7-day bill in which 59 bids were made, but only 16 bids were accepted
The least was the 60-day bill whereby only one bid was submitted.
$1 dollar nears ¢13 as fast depreciation of cedi continues
The fast depreciation of the Ghana cedi continues with no end in sight as the local currency nears ¢13 to a dollar.
This is more than 6% depreciation in only three days of the week (October 17-19).
It may hit ¢13 by the close of the day, based on how trading is going in the retail market.