Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta. Picture: BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES/SIMON DAWSON.
Ghana’s finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta. Picture: BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES/SIMON DAWSON.

Accra  — Ghana’s economy is expected to grow 5.8% in 2022, finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta said at the 2022 budget presentation on Wednesday, representing a near return to pre-pandemic performance after two difficult years.

Inflation is seen returning to its targeted band of 8% plus or minus 2 percentage points, he said. Spending of 137.5-billion cedis ($22.84bn) is expected, up 23.2% from 2021’s projected out-turn, mainly due to increased capital expenditures, interest payments, and a new wage bill.

“Domestic revenue mobilisation is the key to making the vision of Ghana beyond aid a reality,” Ofori-Atta said.

The fiscal deficit is seen at 7.4% in 2022, down from 11.7% in 2021.

Economic growth in Ghana, one of West Africa’s largest economies that runs on exports of oil, cocoa and gold, shrunk to 0.4% in 2020 as Covid-19 hit. It is expected to rebound to 5% this year.

Ofori-Atta said the government had chosen to place a levy on all electronic transactions “in order to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector”, to the sound of protests from parliamentarians.

They cheered, however, when he announced that road tolls would be suspended throughout the country, and toll operators reassigned.

Ofori-Atta said it was time for Ghana to build on the foundations laid before the pandemic.

“With the interventions we offer through this budget, and with an understanding of burden sharing, we shall unleash a new cadre of entrepreneurs and nation builders,” Ofori-Atta said.

Reuters 

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