African Development Bank is forecasting 5.3 per cent growth rate for the Ghanaian economy this year.
According to its 2022 Economic Outlook Report released at the ongoing Annual Meetings, it is however projecting a marginal drop in the country’s growth rate to 5.1 per cent in 2023.
The expansion of the economy in 2022 will however be higher than Sub Saharan Africa’s average of 3.8 per cent in 2022.
The expansion of the economy for this year is almost in line with that of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank that are projecting 5.2 per cent and 5.5 per cent growth rates respectively.
The report said the strong economic growth will be supported by the Ghana COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises Support Programme.
“The outlook remains positive, with projected GDP growth of 5.3 per cent and 5.1 per cent in 2022 and 2023 supported by the Ghana COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises Support Programme. Potential inflationary pressure exists due to increased energy and food prices associated with the impact of the Russia-Ukraine”.
It however expressed worry about the potential inflationary pressures due to increased energy and food prices associated with the impact of the Russia-Ukraine.
“Inflation is projected to surge to 15 per cent in 2022 before falling to 9.1 per cent in 2023. The Bank of Ghana is expected to adopt a tight monetary policy stance”, it also pointed out.
AfDB again projected the narrowing of the fiscal deficit to 12.8 per cent of GDP in 2022 and to 10.3 per cent in 2023, spurred by revenue enhancing reforms. The current account deficit is also projected to narrow to 1.6 per cent of GDP in 2022 and 3.3 per cent in 2023, on increased exports.
Africa’s growth outlook highly uncertain, with risks tilting to the downside.
AfDB also said the spillover effects from the Russia-Ukraine conflict and related sanctions on Russia may cause a larger decline in global output than currently projected.
A combination of low COVID-19 vaccination rollout and emergence of new COVID-19 variants may force countries to retain some restrictions. Other downside factors include heightened debt vulnerabilities, tight global financial conditions as inflationary pressures rise, the effect of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and related sanctions on Russia, climate and environmental risks, and other sociopolitical and security issues, it added.
It also mentioned upside factors including faster vaccination rollout, a comprehensive resolution of debt problems, and policies to accelerate structural transformation and build economic resilience.
“Macroeconomic fundamentals have generally improved, but considerable challenges remain in the medium term, due largely to persistence of the pandemic effects and volatility induced by the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict”.
The economy expanded by 5.4 per cent in 2021, far higher than the 0.4 per cent recorded in the year 2020, a period of COVID-19 pandemic.
The strong growth rate was driven by the Services sector (9.4 per cent), particularly the Information, Communication and Technology sub-sector (33.1 per cent) and the Agriculture sector (8.4 per cent), especially the Fishing sub-sector (13.4 per cent). –Myjoyonline.com