President Akufo-Addo has added his voice to the discussion that Ghanaians’ preferences for foreign products is the reason for the constant depreciation of the Ghana cedi.
He believes if Ghanaians manufactured some of the many products they import and or patronised locally made goods, the local currency’s continuous depreciation will not occur.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the depreciation of the cedi touches everyone in the country and “I am thinking that our public discourse should also begin to focus much more on some of the structural problems involved in our currency. Yes, there are moments when you can fall…but there are structural problems we so far, do not articulate loudly enough in my view.
“We live in a country where we are overly dependent on the importation of things for our daily sustenance, things we can produce, we continue to import them and at the same time, we don’t generate enough exports.
“That is the issue on the current account, the persistent deficit in our national income statistics on current account. That is what gives rise to the frailty or our currency,” the President said.
“But if consistently, you are just harping at the periphery, you never get to the centre of the issue and this is the centre of the matter.
“If you buy things from abroad, you are creating work outside Ghana which you could create inside this country. We need to focus on that and at the same time be much more competitive in our attitude to the things that we produce.”
President Akufo-Addo disclosed that the Trade Ministry will soon come out with the list of Ghana’s import profile so Ghanaians see what they use their money to buy.
“I am prepared to bet that 70 per cent of the things on that list are things we could produce for ourselves in this country,” the President said adding, “This is the importance of the One District One Factory initiative.”
“It is not just a political gimmick, but an attempt to address the issue of being more self-reliant. This whole Ghana Beyond Aid mantra that is now abroad is about that. It is about self-reliance, and doing for ourselves things that we continue to depend on people to do.”