Google apologises for Ghanaian cedi mistake

Google has apologised to Ghana’s finance ministry and central bank for displaying a wrong exchange rate for the Ghanaian currency, the cedi, on its currency converter.

On Friday, Google’s currency converter said it took 22 cedis to buy one US dollar, when the correct rate was four times less.

Google said in a letter to the ministry and bank that the error occurred because of a “minor glitch” but was “quickly fixed”.

Nigeria also suffered a similar fate last month.

Google’s system had converted the naira at about twice its true value. That was the second time Nigeria had been affected by an error in Google’s currency converter.

The Finance Ministry in a statement today, March 20, 2019, disclosed that Google in a letter addressed to the office of the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta and the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Ernest Addison said it was aware of last Friday’s inaccurate conversions for the Ghanaian cedi currency and attributed it to a minor glitch that was quickly fixed.