Former Trade and Industry Minister, Ekow Spio-Garbrah has called for the creation of a Price and Income Board to help stabilise the prices of goods.
Speaking to the media at the funeral of Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey, Mr Spio-Garbrah bemoaned the rate at which prices of goods are skyrocketing describing it as disappointing.
According to him, a Price and Income Board is key to stabilising inflation and easing the high cost of living for Ghanaians.
“The inflation rate now is over 50% and we still have prices of goods going high every now and then. We use to have the Price and Income Board which was key to the economy. So what prevents us from bringing it back?
“We have to learn from countries like Tunisia and most of the North African countries with stable prices. We need a more regulated environment to save this economy”, he said.
Mr Spio-Garbrah further criticised the Bank of Ghana over the unstable exchange rate regime.
He said the central bank should come clean with the current happenings in the market.
“The real value of the cedi is how much it cost you to buy a dollar so we have to stop the artificial differences we are hearing that indicate that we get a dollar with ₵8 or ₵9, that’s not the truth”.
“Ghana is a bankrupt country and we have to change our behaviour towards economic issues”, he mentioned.