President expects Ghana economy to grow nearly 5 percent in 2021

Accra, March 9, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday said it expected the economy to grow nearly five per cent in 2021 on the back of strong boost in economic activities.

“We expect Gross Domestic Product growth to rebound strongly this year to nearly five per cent, above the IMF’s 2021 January projection of 3.2 percent 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 GH¢13.5 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 GH¢11.8 billion, the combined effect of the pandemic amounted to GH¢25.3 billion or 6.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product.

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