Deputy Finance Minister-designate John Kumah has conceded that the Energy Sector Levy Act (ESLA) introduced by former Finance Minister Seth Terkper during the Mahama administration, has been helpful to the Akufo-Addo government in clearing a lot of energy sector-related debts. Now known as ESLA PLC, the company’s key objective is to resolve the energy sector
The new kids on the oil block—Guyana, Suriname, and Ghana—have no plans to let their newly discovered oil wealth go to waste by joining global decarbonization efforts. They plan to exploit them as best as they can before they become worthless, Reuters has reported, citing statements by government officials made at this week’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
After a careful study of the trajectory of the current and projected levels of government debts and deficits, the former Finance Minister, Seth E. Terkper has called for a ‘Special Deficit and Debt’ control program to curb or ameliorate what he described as a “looming fiscal crisis.” Readers will recall that just some few days
American credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings, has projected Ghana’s interest payments on debts to increase to 53 percent of total revenue this year. Interest payments Fitch however notes, will fall by 3 percentage points reaching 50 percent of total revenue in 2022. The projected interest payments for 2021 when compared to 2019’s interest payments of
Government has been urged to slow down on excessive borrowing as a precaution to reduce the country’s debt to GDP ratio. According to the International Monetary Fund, Ghana’s debt to GDP ratio is higher than what was actually put out by the government. The nation’s debt to GDP ratio actually ended 2020 at 78% of
Robust and reliable vaccine capacity in Africa is a global public good, deserving of global support.The start of a new year is often a time to reflect and reassess. As the pandemic stretches into its third year, apprehension over the health crisis and the associated economic uncertainties is proving hard to shake.So, for anyone hoping
Banks in the country have called for more consultations ahead of the Bank of Ghana’s (BoG) decision to implement the e-cedi currency. The electronic currency, among other reasons, is aimed at enhancing low transaction costs, improving security of payments, as well as ensuring higher monetary transaction limits. Even though the banks are optimistic that introduction
Parliament’s Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has taken issue with the practice whereby the Auditor General publishes his audit reports even before the Legislature gets the opportunity to scrutinise them. Though he acknowledges that the practice is backed by law, the Tamale South MP laments that the practice has dire implications on people’s reputation and dignity.
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.
The global recovery is continuing but its momentum has eased and is becoming increasingly imbalanced according to the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook. The failure to ensure rapid and effective vaccination everywhere is proving costly with uncertainty remaining high due to the continued emergence of new variants of the virus. Output in most OECD countries has now