Wednesday, 2 December 2020

MPC touts macroeconomic achievements


Adnan Adams Mohammed

The Bank of Ghana’s (BoG) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at the conclusion of its last meeting and assessment of the monetary policies regulations for the year remarked that macroeconomic conditions have generally improved within the last two months period relative to conditions at the time of the last MPC meeting in September 2020.

 The Committee indicated that, global conditions continue to be supportive, domestic inflation is easing, growth prospects are improving, crude oil prices have stabilized, monetary aggregates have expanded but with minimal impact on inflation, the current account deficit is stable, remittances inflow have remained firm, the exchange rate has been stable and reserve buffers continue to remain strong, all of which gives a picture of positive signals of the macroeconomic situation of the country.

 

Without not being oblivious of other negative signals, the MPC identified some key risks, which the evolution of the budget deficit and the financing needs to support budget implementation and the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“Under the circumstances, the Committee has decided to maintain the policy rate at 14.5 percent”, Dr Ernest Addison Governor of BoG said at the last week MPC press conference.

 

Recently, the World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Pierre Frank Laporte said the Government of Ghana must focus on ensuring macro-economic establish post-coronavirus,

 

He explained that macroeconomic stability protects nations from overspending and also slows debt loans maintenance.

 

Mr Laporte further stated that this will further put Ghana on the international market with a positive perception.

 

“When you have macro-economic stability, you don’t only protect yourself, in terms of overspending, it also allows in maintaining debt loan, putting Ghana on the international market with a positive perception,” he said.

 

“They will say this is a country with good macro stability, the economy is managed well, inflation is coming down and deficits are under control, unemployment is fairly low, domestic mobilization is strong,” he told Joy News.

 

The Finance Minister had said the government would continue with its efforts to ensure that the benefits of macroeconomic stability is translated into the well-being of all Ghanaians.

 

He said such benefits would be felt in the provision of safe drinking water, good roads, jobs, access to good healthcare, stable and affordable electricity and good education.

 

“The many social interventions that have been implemented by the government over the last three years along with jobs created have brought relief to many Ghanaians,” he said.

 

“We paid the registration fees for thousands of BECE candidates abolished fees for postgraduate medical training, restored teacher and nursing trainee allowances doubled the capitation grant and implemented NABCO which has employed 100,000 graduates across every constituency in Ghana.”

 

He said the government has also recruited over 350,000 people in the public sector in the last three years and these can be found in various fields including teaching, security services, nursing, Nations Builders Corps (NABCO) and the forestry sector.

 

“We have expanded the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme by 150,000 people, expanded the school feeding programme by 500,000 children and increased the peacekeeping allowance from $31 to $35 per day.”

 

Mr Ofori Atta said while the average annual increase in electricity tariffs between 2010 and 2015 was 45 percent there has been a net reduction of electricity tariffs by at least between five to 10 percent for households and businesses since 2016.

 

“Thousands of Persons With Disability (PWD) have had their allocation from the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) increased by 50 percent, [and we have] ensured the implementation of our pledge of employing 50 percent of the persons who manage the country’s toll booths from amongst Persons with Disabilities,” he said in the 2019 budget statement.

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