Global fiscal response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the last twelve (12) months according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has reached $16 trillion. In its April 2021 Fiscal Monitor, the Bretton Wood institution notes that prompt fiscal responses by world governments have strengthened health systems and provided emergency lifelines to households and businesses. Adding
High dollar demand sees BoG’s forex auction oversubscribed by 325% The Bank of Ghana [BoG] in its forex forward rates auction on Tuesday, November 30, exceeded its target of raising $40 million. The Central Bank at the end of Tuesday’s auction received bids totalling $170.2 million from banks and businesses for its forex although it was only
Many businesses, large and small, have a huge source of great ideas that can help them improve, innovate, and grow, and yet so many of these companies never think of using this amazing corporate asset. What is this highly valuable asset? Its own people.
For the economy to have a speedy and steady recovery from the pandemic’s impact, there is a need for government to use innovative means to generate more domestic revenue in order to close the gaping fiscal gap that has stemmed from rising expenditure, a report by the research department of Fidelity Bank has stated. According
In 2020 the Nigerian economy shrank by 1.8%, its deepest decline since 1983. The COVID-19 crisis drove the economic slowdown; the external context was marked by capital outflows, intensified risk aversion, low oil prices and shrinking foreign remittances. Published by the World Bank, the Nigeria Development Update Resilience through Reforms states that reforms implemented by the Nigerian government
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
Former Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has once again bemoaned the country’s debt collection methods as well as its revenue performance in recent years. This, according to him, can partly be blamed on non-response to the rebasing of the country’s GDP. He made these assertions in a post-budget dialogue organized by Citi TV and the University
Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Majority leader in Parliament, has said that total crude oil production for the 2020 fiscal year was 66.9 million barrels as compared to 71.4 million barrels of production in 2019. He said the National Petroleum Corporation was able to transport over 88.4 standards cubic fit of gas to the Ghana National Gas company
Ghanaians might soon be paying more for electricity as the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) is proposing an increment in tariffs. The Company says it needs more funds to support its operational activities, hence the request. The Managing Director of the company, Kwame Agyeman-Budu at a public forum on Thursday, April 8, 2021, said while
After an unparalleled contraction in 2020, sub-Saharan Africa is set to grow by 3.7 percent in 2021 and 3.8 percent in 2022. The recovery is supported by rising commodity prices, improving global trade and financial conditions. But this welcomed rebound is relatively modest by global standards, leading to a widening income disparity with developed economies.