Report: Central Bank Requirements Could Put at Least 289 Microfinance Companies Out of Business in Ghana

Monday, April 23, 2018

At least 289 microfinance companies are likely to be out of business if the Bank of Ghana does not extend the deadline for the new minimum capital requirement for players within that space.

All microfinance firms are expected to increase their capital from Gh¢500, 000 to Gh¢2 million by June 2018.

The move is to build a robust microfinance sector.

According to the Ghana Microfinance Institutions Network (GHAMFIN), just about 30 out of the 319 microfinance companies are in good standing.

“We are still anticipating that by June most of them will be able to meet the minimum capital; if they haven’t met it, then we are anticipating that the central bank will ask them to merge or move down the tier,” the Executive Director of GHAMFIN, Yaw Gyamfi told Starr Business’ Osei Owusu Amankwaah.

GHAMFIN has also sent a proposal to the Central Bank seeking audience with the governor for an extension of the deadline to 2022.

Photo courtesy of Paul.

Source: GhanaWeb (link opens in a new window)

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