US company, Crane Currency won the bid to design, print and supply Ghana’s new GH¢200 and GH¢100 banknotes introduced by the Bank of Ghana on November 29, 2019.
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According to Graphic Business, Crane Currency was selected from a pool of competitors which included Dela Rue of UK, G&D of Germany, Canadian Banknote Company of Canada, Oberthur Fiduciaire SAS of France and Orell Füssli Security Printing Ltd of Switzerland.
Crane Currency is world renowned currency and security printing company that has been in the currency business for the past 200 years.
Graphic Business also noted that their sources did not reveal the cost or value of the contract.
Meanwhile, the Head of Currency Management at the BoG, Mr John K. Gyamfi, said the central bank ensured competitive bidding was applied in the selection of the eventual winner for the contract.
He opined and assured Ghanaians that value for money was top on the factors in choosing the company that printed the new GH¢200 and GH¢100 banknotes.
He explained that although cost was always a key determinant in such tenders, design and ability to deliver on time also mattered; depending on the circumstances.
“If it is a new thing like the GH¢200 and the GH¢100 notes, in the scoring (to select the firms), we will put more weight on the design.
“But if it is just reprint, then the cost is the key thing,” he said.
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