June 23, 2024
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You Can’t Grow An Economy Without Growing Local Industries –Tim Mugodi

Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank, Tim Mugodi, has emphasised the need to grow the capacity of local industries if the country wants to grow the economy. Tim Mugodi said this at the 2023 second quarter edition of the Graphic Business/Stanbic Breakfast Meeting in Accra.

Speaking on what corporates and individuals can do to cope and thrive in the current challenging economic circumstances, the Stanbic Bank executive said: “Adjusting your financial plans and reducing expenditure is one of the ways we can navigate these difficult times. For instance, reducing our reliance on imported goods in favour of locally produced goods will help us reduce our expenditure considerably. This helps not only ourselves in terms of saving money, but also helps the economy by reducing the burden on imports; and that will take off the pressure from the local currency. It will also create demand for local products and local industries can find opportunities to produce more to support economic growth. As we have all come to appreciate, you cannot grow an economy without growing local industries”,

Tim Mugodi further advised corporates and individuals to work toward reducing their debt burdens as a way of coping with the current situation. He says, “if you are running a business, your ability to continue making a profit will be diminished by the interest burden you have to pay on loans. One of the ways you can address this is to look for ways to reduce your debt burden, put a bit more equity into the business, and reduce what you borrow so that you can cope with the difficult economic circumstances”.

He went on to encourage people to seek financial literacy while building reserves and savings. “It is important that you build reserves over time, whether as an individual or a corporate organisation. At the national level, doing this will help support the economy. So, whatever you earn, you must make allocations for savings because the accumulation of reserves will help you cope. Finally, we must all seek to upscale ourselves and accumulate knowledge to help us make the correct financial decisions. This also helps to enhance your sources of income,” Tim Mugodi said.

The Graphic Business/Stanbic Breakfast Meeting is a quarterly event hosted by Graphic Communications Group and Stanbic Bank Ghana. The event brings together subject experts to discuss topical issues affecting the country’s socio-economic development. The 2023 second quarter edition addressed the topic ‘The Current Economic Situation and You’.

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