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Akufo-Addo expects Ghana’s economy to grow nearly 5% in 2021

President Akufo-Addo says the country will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a stronger and more resilient economy

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday said he expected the economy to grow 5% in 2021 on the back of strong boost in economic activities.

“We expect gross domestic product growth to rebound strongly this year to nearly 5%, above the IMF’s 2021 January projection of 3.2% growth for Sub-Saharan Africa for 2021,” President Akufo-Addo said in his state of the nation address to Parliament.

President Akufo-Addo said the government expected a boost in economic activities, which were already picking up, following the ongoing vaccination exercise and the easing of restrictions instituted to curb the effects of the disease for rapid economic growth.

He said the establishment of the National Development Bank, under the Ghana CARES programme, would provide support to Ghanaian businesses.

He said the medium-term outlook, supported by the implementation of the Ghana CARES Programme, was bright and expressed confidence that, together, “we will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a stronger and more resilient economy.”

The country lost more than GHC13.5 billion in revenue in 2020 because of the economic shocks induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president said with additional expenditures, related to stemming the tide of COVID-19, estimated at GHC11.8 billion, the combined effect of the pandemic amounted to GHC25.3 billion or 6.6% of gross domestic product.

He said the resultant fiscal deficit for 2020 was, thus, revised from 4.7 per cent of GDP to 11.4% of GDP to reflect the impact of the pandemic.

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