Attitudinal change required to grow Ghanaian banks – Hackman

Attitudinal change required to grow Ghanaian banks – Hackman

Board Chair of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Hackman Owusu-Agyeman Board Chair of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Hackman Owusu-Agyeman has noted that there is the need for attitudinal change to grow Ghanaian banks to enable them partake in syndication.

He said the savings culture of Ghanaian must improve since this is one way the banks can grow.

Mr Owusu-Agyeman said this when the COCOBOD signed an agreement for a US$1.3 billion syndicated loan facility for the 2020/2021 cocoa crop season on Tuesday September 29.

“We hope that in syndication all the Ghanaian banks can play a role. That will mean that we have to change our habit in Ghana. “We have to learn how to save, we have to learn how to keep the banks going in a way that doesn’t not exploit anybody,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Joseph Boahen Aidoo has justified why they requested USD1.3billion syndicated loan.

Parliament approved $1.3 billion loan facility from a consortium of banks and financial institutions to finance the purchase of cocoa for the 2020/21 crop season by the Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod).

The loan is expected to be used to purchase an estimated 900,000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans from farmers through the Licensed Buying Companies (LBCs) as well as finance other operations of the Board for the cocoa season.

Mr Joseph Boahen Aidoo told journalists in Accra after the signing ceremony which took place on Tuesday, 29th September that the COCOBOD considered the crop outlook of the country to arrive at that amount.

“When you are going for syndication you don’t just go and take the money. You have to sit down and then look at your crop outlook to see if your crop outlook can meet the amount you are requesting,” he said.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank our reliable funding institutions for their continuous trust in the operations of Ghana’s cocoa industry which has culminated in their ever willingness to pull resources together for our annual syndications,” he said.

“We have also returned this trust by ensuring that we never defaulted in repaying the loans since the 1992/1993 crop season when the first one was signed. In fact, on several occasions, the loan was repaid ahead of schedule. The 2019/2020 syndicated loan, for instance, was repaid two months ahead of schedule,” he noted.A total of 28 institutions, made up of 4 local and 24 international financial institutions […]

Stay in the Know!

Sign up for the latest news and information on African Companies and Economy.

By signing up, you agree to receive MoneyInAfrica offers, promotions and other commercial messages. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Leave a Reply