The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has cautioned the public that a cryptocurrency named “Freedom Coin” yet to be launched in the country has not received approval from the central bank.
A statement from the central bank added that it has not licensed the operations of any crypto currency under its laws.
“The public is hereby cautioned that neither this cryptocurrency nor the promoting company has approval from Bank of Ghana to operate in the banking and payment sector,” the statement said.
Below is the full statement
BANK OF GHANA
NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON A DIGITAL AND
VIRTUAL CURRENCY OPERATION IN GHANA CALLED
NOTICE NO BG/GOV/SEC/2022/03
It has come to the attention of Bank of Ghana that there is an impending launch of a cryptocurrency named “Freedom Coin”. The public is hereby cautioned that neither this cryptocurrency nor the promoting company has approval from Bank of Ghana to operate in the banking and payment sector.
In line with notice NO.BG/GOV/SEC/2018/02 issued on 22nd January 2018, which can be found on the Bank’s website, Bank of Ghana wishes to reiterate that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are not regulated under any laws in Ghana, and are therefore not backed by any guarantees or safeguards.
Bank of Ghana advises the general public to exercise caution in respect of cryptocurrency transactions.
The Bank further directs all licensed institutions including banks, specialized deposit-taking institutions, dedicated electronic money issuers and payment service providers to refrain from facilitating cryptocurrency transactions via their platforms or agent outlets.
The general public is hereby advised to take note and be guided accordingly.
For further enquiry, please contact the following:
Financial Stability Department
Bank of Ghana
1 Liberia Road Accra, Ghana
Tel.: 030 266 5005;
WhatsApp: 059 691 2354; 050 150 2270
Email: [email protected]
(SGD) 9th MARCH 2022
SANDRA THOMPSON (MS.)