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January 19, 2017

No. 2: Economic Policy Priorities for the New Government

Policy Brief 2: Economic Policy Priorities for the New Government Not too long ago, the Ghanaian economy was one of Africa’s strongest. However, the economy has witnessed a sharp decline in growth in the last three years. In this Policy Brief, the IFS brings to the attention of the new Government some critical economic challenges along with proposals to address them. <p>IFS’ proposals are informed by the Institute’s conviction that Ghana needs new, bold and systematic policies capable of bringing about fundamental changes to the economy to enable it to deliver tangible socio-economic benefits to Ghanaians. </p> Click here to […]
June 30, 2016

An Evaluation of the Second Review by the IMF Board of Ghana’s Extended Credit Facility-Supported Program, 2015-17 [Occasional Paper 06]

Occasional Paper 6. An Evaluation of the Second Review by the IMF Board of Ghana’s Extended Credit Facility-Supported Program, 2015-17 This paper evaluates the IMF Board’s second review of Ghana’s ECF-supported program, which spans 2015-17. The review revised key macroeconomic targets that generally vindicate the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ (IFS) earlier view that many of the original targets set under the program were unrealistic, in terms of being overambitious, and needed to be revisited. While most of the revised targets seem more realistic, disappointingly, many—such as growth, inflation, the public debt and current account deficit—indicate that macroeconomic instability will remain […]
December 18, 2015

Fiscal Incentives to Eligible Renewable Energy Companies

Fiscal Alert 5: Fiscal Incentives to Eligible Renewable Energy Companies The global energy system based on hydrocarbons is undergoing a foundational shift. Global demand for electricity is expected to rise by more than 80 percent from 2010 to 2040, driven by increases in population and GDP. Approximately 20 percent of global electricity generation now comes from renewable energy sources. Renewables accounted for over half of total net additions to electricity generating capacity worldwide in 2012. Energy generation from renewables is expected to increase by almost three times its 2010 level in 2035, with the share in energy generation mix increasing to 31 percent (KPMG, 2013). Click here to read the […]
December 14, 2015

Ghana: Implications of the Rising Interest Costs to Government

Fiscal Alert 4 : Ghana: Implications of the Rising Interest Costs to Government One important feature of fiscal management in Ghana in the last few years has been the rapid rise in government borrowing, not just a rise in real debt but also a rise in debt/GDP ratio, pushing the country into a debt trap. With the country posting double-digit fiscal deficits in three consecutive years since 2012 and financed through increased indebtedness, the government is now confronted with a huge and increasing interest payment burden.  This paper looks at the trends in interest costs to the government, causes, and what needs to be done to ensure efficient […]
November 30, 2015

Public Debt and Sustainability: Whither Ghana?

Fiscal Alert 3: Public Debt and Sustainability: Whither Ghana? Ghana’s public debt stock has risen substantially since it enjoyed HIPC/MDRI debt relief in 2005-2006. The highly expansionary scal position in 2006-2008, nanced by external borrowing, triggered a very rapid deterioration in the country’s debt sustainability. This trend was amplied by the resulting balance of payments pressures and currency depreciation, which led to a revaluation of foreign currency-denominated claims relative to domestic GDP. Click here to read the full report
August 31, 2015

Ghana – Impact of the Falling Crude Oil Prices [Occasional Paper 05]

Occasional Paper 5. Ghana – Impact of the Falling Crude Oil Prices This paper looks at the impact of the falling crude oil prices on Ghana‘s economy. Crude oil production affects Ghana‘s economic growth while revenues from oil exports and costs of oil imports affect the government budget and macroeconomic performance. Oil thus plays an important role in Ghana and therefore a careful look at the implications of its price swings on the economy is required. Click here to read full report
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