Ghana on right track in 32 months – Ofori-Atta
The government has said the Ghanaian economy has seen a complete turnaround in 32 months since the Akufo-Addo administration took over.
Presenting the 2020 budget statement in Parliament on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta said economic growth has rebounded strongly from 3.4 per cent in 2016 to an average of over 7 per cent during the past two years.
He said the inflation rate has fallen from 15.4 per cent in December 2016 to 7.6 per cent in September 2019, the lowest since March 1992, adding that the 91-day treasury bill rate also fell steadily from nearly 17 per cent in December 2016 and now stands at 14.7 per cent.
“The fiscal deficit has declined from 6.5 per cent of GDP in 2016 to 4.5 per cent at the end of the third quarter of 2019. On the external front, the trade deficit has improved from $1.8 billion in 2016 to a surplus of $2.6 billion in August 2019” Mr Ofori-Atta stated.
The Finance Minister also noted that Ghana’s economic growth was as a result of the Akufo-Addo administration’s performance in fulfilling pledges and programmes.
“I am proud to stand here and declare that the President has redeemed all the pledges he made to the people of Ghana much to the dismay and chagrin of the naysayers. The success of the implementation of the flagship programmes is borne out by incontrovertible evidence corroborated by data. 1.2 million students have been enrolled in SHS because of the free SHS programme and their parents relieved of the burden of fees; in 2020 we will spend GHS2.2billion on them, 97,373 graduates have given opportunities in a work environment through NABCO to better position them to secure jobs,” he stated.
Mr Ofori-Atta added that 307 Ambulances have been procured for distribution to each constituency and all regional and teaching hospitals, 1000 institutional toilets are under construction, 560 dams are under construction with 200 dams completed. 50 pre-fabricated grain warehouses, 25 markets under construction, 55,000 nurses have been recruited, while 1.9 million people have benefited from the Planting for Food and Job Programme”.
The Minister’s presentation, which was on the theme: “Consolidating the gains for growth, jobs and prosperity for all”, also highlighted on the transformation made in the Railway and Energy Sector, the creation of jobs and restoration of allowances for health workers and teachers.