After a year of havoc, wreaked on the economy by COVID-19, the government has laid a blueprint of bold policies and programmes to stop the spread of the virus and contain its effects; revert the economy onto the path of transformational growth and ensure prosperity for all Ghanaians. In the country’s first budget since the
Vice President of Imani Africa, Bright Simons has said it has become critical for more public sector borrowing in order to survive as a country. According to him, the country’s fiscal space is currently under enormous fiscal pressure, a situation he believes makes a strong case for the country to borrow in order to survive.
The global economy is projected to grow at 6 percent this year, moderating to 4.4 percent in 2022 after a contraction of –3.3 percent in 2020 The revised 6 percent growth projection follows an earlier growth projection of 5.5 percent by the IMF. According to the IMF, the contraction of the global economy for 2020
Erstwhile Minister for Finance, Seth Terkper, has noted that Ghana is likely to default on the servicing of its debts given its swelling debts and stagnant revenues. Ghana’s debt stock as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to increase in the medium term. According to
The Bank of Ghana’s (BoG) Special Drawing Rights (SDR) holdings with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) decreased by $16.6 million in 2020. IMF SDR holdings of the BoG at end-November 2020 stood at Ghs 242.39 million ($42.2 million), but then declined to Ghs 148 million ($25.6 million) at end-December 2020. BoG’s Ghs 148 million ($25.6
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented health, economic, and social crisis. It is threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions, increasing poverty and inequality, and reversing development gains. To move toward a global recovery will require sustained, differentiated, and targeted financial and technical support to governments and the private sector. These were key messages
The size of Ghana’s economy is projected to swell from $62.8 billion in 2020 to $83.2 billion by the end of 2023. According to Fitch Solutions, research arm of credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, the expansion of Ghana’s economy is expected to start this year, with the economy growing by $7.2 billion in monetary terms.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said Ghana’s debt service relative to tax revenues is expected to continue on an elevated path increasing by 20 percent in the medium-term. According to the Bretton Wood institution in its April 2021 Fiscal Monitor Report, despite the country’s debt stabilizing over the medium term, its debt service payments
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has reduced the addition of Ghs 0.17 pesewas to the already Parliament approved Ghs 0.30 pesewas tax charge on fuel price as contained in the 2021 budget statement. The reduction in the price of fuel followed a meeting between the Minister for Energy, the NPA, Association of Oil Marketing Companies
Erstwhile Minister for Finance, Seth Terkper, has called for the introduction of sunset clause(s) in corrective temporary taxes introduced by government in times of crisis. Mr Terkper, a tax expert, touching on the introduction of taxes by governments as an austerity measure during times of economic crisis, opined that such corrective taxes having served their