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More Bonds Needed

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 14, 2010

Ghana’s economy is 75 percent bigger than previously calculated, the country’s Statistical Service said, slashing the relative size of the fiscal deficit and the current-account shortfall.

The West African nation’s gross domestic product this year is 44.8 billion cedis ($31.2 billion), compared with the previous estimate of 25.6 billion cedis, Grace Bediako, head of the Accra-based agency, told reporters today.

“The revisions will be a huge positive for the relative risk matrix” of Ghana, Stephen Bailey-Smith, an analyst at Standard Bank Plc in London, said in a note to clients. The changes “should foster a rating upgrade.” Read the rest of this entry »

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After Rebased GDP, Still Many Open Questions

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 7, 2010

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, www.bizghana.com

Ghana’s Gross Domestic product (GDP) was revised by the Government Statistician, Dr. Grace Bediako from Ghc24.1 billion to Ghc44.8 billion, Friday 5th November.  Before the census figures are released in January 2011, this classifies Ghana a middle-income status country ahead of oil revenues.  The per capita GDP based on 24.3 million people translates to Ghc1,843 ($1,289).  There is a lot here for self-congratulation, but there are still missing links in the economy, which should have seen higher than the 60.3% change from the 1993 base to 2006.

The main ingredients for the revision are; a change in the base year from 1993 to 2006, improvements in the compilation methodology using 1993 accounting systems in place of the 1968 edition, improvements and revisions of data sources and finally a classification update to International Standard Industrial Classification 4 (ISIC4).  Long overdue. Read the rest of this entry »

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