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Business News of Friday, 20 November 2020

Source: 3 News

Ensure macro-economic stability for positive perception – World Bank to Ghana

Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana Pierre Laporte, World Bank Country Director for Ghana

The Government of Ghana must focus on ensuring a good macro-economic post-Coronavirus, the World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Pierre Frank Laporte.

He explained that macroeconomic stability protects nations from overspending and also slows debt loans maintenance.

Mr Laporte further stated that this will further put Ghana on the international market with a positive perception.

“When you have macro-economic stability, you don’t only protect yourself, in terms of overspending, it also allows in maintaining debt loan, putting Ghana on the international market with a positive perception,” he said.
“They will say this is a country with good macro stability, the economy is managed well, inflation is coming down and deficits are under control, unemployment is fairly low, domestic mobilization is strong,” he told Joy News.

The Finance Minister had said the government would continue with its efforts to ensure that the benefits of macroeconomic stability is translated into the well-being of all Ghanaians.

He said such benefits would be felt in the provision of safe drinking water, good roads, jobs, access to good healthcare, stable and affordable electricity and good education.

“The many social interventions that have been implemented by government over the last three years along with jobs created, have brought relief to many Ghanaians,” he said.

“We paid the registration fees for thousands of BECE candidates, abolished fees for postgraduate medical training, restored teacher and nursing trainee allowances, doubled the capitation grant, and implemented NABCO which has employed 100,000 graduates across every constituency in Ghana.”

He said government has also recruited over 350,000 people in the public sector in the last three years and these can be found in various fields including teaching, security services, nursing, Nations Builders Corps (NABCO) and the forestry sector.

“We have expanded the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme by 150,000 people, expanded the school feeding programme by 500,000 children and increased the peacekeeping allowance from $31 to $35 per day.”

Mr Ofori Atta said while the average annual increase in electricity tariffs between 2010 and 2015 was 45 percent there has been a net reduction of electricity tariffs by at least between five to 10 percent for households and businesses since 2016.

“Thousands of Persons With Disability (PWD) have had their allocation from the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) increased by 50 percent, [and we have] ensured the implementation of our pledge of employing 50 percent of the persons who manage the country’s toll booths from amongst Persons with Disabilities,” he said in the 2019 budget statement.

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