Unlocking prosperity: Ghana’s resilience and growth story this week

Kow Essuman, the legal counsel to President Nana Akufo-Addo reflects over happenings in Ghana this week

In the heart of West Africa, nestled between the golden sands of the Atlantic coast and the lush greenery of its inland forests, lies the vibrant nation of Ghana. Known for its rich history, cultural diversity, and breathtaking landscapes, Ghana has always been a land of promise. But in recent times, this promise has taken on a new dimension – one of economic growth and stability.

Dr Leandro Medina, the IMF resident representative in Ghana, paints an optimistic picture of the nation’s economic future. He exclaims, “We’re witnessing substantial headway on all fronts: restoring macroeconomic stability, ensuring debt sustainability, and laying the groundwork for inclusive growth. Good progress is being made on all these fronts.” It’s music to the ears of Ghanaians and the global community alike.

Macroeconomic stability, often an elusive goal for many nations, is now a tangible reality in Ghana. International reserves are swelling, and the once tumultuous waves of exchange rate volatility have now been tamed. Dr. Medina’s words echo through the bustling streets of Accra, where merchants and traders find solace in a more predictable economic landscape.

But it’s not just talk and promises; actions speak louder than words. Kobina Tahir Hammond, the Minister for Trade and Industry, recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable factory in Akim Achiase, in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This US$10 million marvel is designed to process cocoa pulp into fruit juice for export. With this project, Ghana is transforming cocoa pulp into high-quality products, opening new avenues for trade and export.

The government’s economic vision extends to the financial realm as well. Its alternative offer for pension fund exchange achieved an impressive 95% participation rate. This program, extended administratively to 25th August 2023, holds immense potential for Ghana’s economic strategies, particularly in the post-COVID-19 era. The Government’s delight is evident as they acknowledge this significant achievement in their quest for economic growth.

But the real testament to Ghana’s economic resilience lies in its agricultural sector. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo proudly proclaims that over 2.7 million farmers and value chain actors have benefited from the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme. This initiative, a lifeline to many, has not only secured food security but has also propelled the nation forward. The President reveals that food self-sufficiency has surged from 29.1% in 2016 to an impressive 50% in 2022.

As one wanders through Ghana’s bustling markets, stand amidst its lush cocoa farms, and admire the tenacity of its people, it becomes evident that Ghana’s economic journey is no longer just a dream. It’s a reality, a reality fueled by robust reforms, sustainable growth, and an unwavering spirit. In the heart of West Africa, Ghana is not just rising; it’s soaring towards a brighter future, and the world is taking notice.




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