A four-member delegation led by the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr Johaness !Gowaxab has paid a courtesy call on the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison to seek mutually-beneficial relationships between the two central banks.
The visit was also to enable the Namibian team to learn best practices from the Bank of Ghana.
In his introductory remarks, the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr. Johaness !Gowaxab praised Governor Addison for his sterling performance and congratulated the Bank for winning the Central Banking’s FinTech Policy of the Year Award 2022. “Allow me to congratulate you, Governor, on your stewardship of this noble institution. The awards, including one this week – the Central Banking Magazine Fintech Policy of the Year, are more than just accolades under your belt; they serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the rest of us on the continent. Once again, congratulations,” Mr Johaness !Gowaxab said at the meeting.
In the areas of co-operation, Governor !Gowaxab said the Namibian Central Bank was seeking to cooperate with the Bank of Ghana in financial inclusion, and digital innovation in financial services, including Central Bank Digital Currency, FinTech Regulation, Management of Petroleum Funds, Financial Stability and Banking Resolution
“You have innovated by providing practical solutions such as Ghana Pay which you launched this week as a mobile money service. Furthermore, your courageous move to explore CBDCs as a critical intervention to balance the interests of all economic agents is something worth learning from,” he said.
He noted that Namibia would also seek assistance on the governance and legal framework of the management of the Sovereign Wealth Fund.
On his part, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison, remarked that the current Management of the Bank had initiated and implemented various policies since assuming office, including the banking sector reforms, the introduction of mobile money interoperability and the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), which is currently in a pilot phase.
He noted that the Bank had been critical in the development of the country.
“In Ghana, the central bank has to play an agent of restraint in the system. This is why we have seen stability.”
Dr Addison expressed concern about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine War, which has led to high inflation and the policy rate increased by the central bank.
He also recounted the role that, the mobile money interoperability had played in promoting financial inclusion in Ghana and expressed the hope that the eCedi when launched would further enhance the agenda.
He reiterated the need for central banks in the sub-region to exchange ideas and grow to be an influential part of the global financial architecture of the world.
Present with the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr Johaness !Gowaxab, were Mr Ebson Uanguta, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr Romeo Nel, Director, Banking Supervision and Mr Israel Zemburuka, Director, Strategic Communications.
In Governor Addison’s team were the Head of the Research Department, Dr Philip Abradu-Otoo, the Special Assistant to the Governor, Mr Emmanuel Kinful, Mrs Oriana Boadu- Amoama, Mr Richard Homiah and Ms Freda Mensah of the Governors’ Department and Mr Samuel Opoku of the Communications Office.