World Bank report: Ghana can create more, better jobs through accelerated economic transformation

The new World Bank report lays out three scenarios for an accelerated economic transformation for better jobs

Ghana has an opportunity in the coming decades to accelerate economic transformation and create more and better jobs, after navigating through the heights of the pandemic, a new World Bank report has said.

According to the report, the country can achieve this through fostering greater global integration, technological transformation, macroeconomic stability, and financial sector development.

The newly released-“Country Economic Memorandum, Ghana Rising – Accelerating Economic Transformation and Creating Higher Quality Jobs” says Ghana has all it takes to continue being an economic development star if it takes the right steps to nurture growth and job creation.

Pierre Laporte, the World Bank country director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone noted that “Ghana faces an acute challenge of generating more and better jobs and has a ‘missing middle’ of employment in mid productivity sectors. This is the time for Ghana to fill that ‘missing middle’ by cultivating export-oriented activities in both manufacturing and services and harnessing the transformative potential of trade; it faces a historic opportunity to do so with the African Free Trade Continental Area (AfCFTA).”

The report highlights four main pillars for accelerating economic transformation and improving jobs outcomes:

To create jobs, Ghana will need to drive sectoral transformation through the movement of workers into higher productivity firms and sectors and spatial transformation through trade, urbanization, and connectivity. ‘Global innovator’ services, in particular ICT and business services, could play a critical role.

To deliver productivity growth and boost innovation and entrepreneurship, it will need to drive technological transformation through the adoption of digital and complementary technologies in domestic firms. To enable this change it will be key to improve internet connectivity, invest in foundational skills and advanced digital skills, and facilitate technology adoption for firms.

To support more inclusive private sector development, Ghana will need to leverage the financial sector to facilitate firm expansion, technology adoption and innovation.

To enable long-term inclusive growth, Ghana will need to double down on macro-fiscal stability, natural resources management and revenue mobilisation (to generate the revenues to fund reforms for economic transformation). Environmental taxation can boost revenues while helping to minimize the impact of climate change on households and incentivize sustainable land use.

David Elmaleh, World Bank senior economist and co-author of the report also indicated that the report lays out three scenarios for an accelerated economic transformation for better jobs.

Elmaleh said, “Without reforms, in a business as usual scenario, Ghana’s economy is currently projected to reach upper-middle-income status by 2037, while under a ‘bright horizons’ scenario, which includes the adoption of some key reforms to drive economic transformation, Ghana’s economy could reach upper-middle-income status by 2032.”

“However, under a ‘pitfalls’ scenario, Ghana would have to wait until 2040. The greatest impact on GDP would be from reforms to raise the productivity of export-oriented global innovator services and manufacturing. This can start now, under the new budget,” he said.

Nicholas Brown

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