The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Akufo-Addo of mismanaging the Ghanaian economy.
Delivering a lecture at the party’s ‘policy dialogue on the economy’ Monday, Ranking Member on the Finance Committee of Parliament Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson said political considerations are making it difficult for the government to take remedial measures to save the economy.
“It is now beyond debate, based on the data presented, that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government has completely mismanaged the Ghanaian economy and lost control of key economic indices.
“Political considerations are preventing the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government from taking vital remedial measures to avert total collapse of the Ghanaian economy in just over a year,” he said.
He noted: “The people of Ghana need to ask questions and elicit candid disclosures and actions from the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government to prevent imminent disaster
“We urge the government to demonstrate seriousness in resolving these major problems by announcing convincing measures in the mid-year budget review”.
According to him, “Government may find it difficult to increase public sector wages, just as it failed to increase public sector wages to the minimum level of inflation in 2021. Government will spend more on interest servicing. International Reserves will go down due to huge outflows of foreign exchange (forex) to service debt very little inflows of forex from borrowing since there will be very little fiscal space to borrow. Low economic growth driven largely by low public investment and distortionary tax policies aimed at correcting the fiscal imbalance.
Ghana’s public debt stock shot up by ¢27.8 billion in April 2021 and May 2021 to ¢332.4 billion, the latest Summary of Economic and Financial Data by the Bank of Ghana has revealed.
This is equivalent to $57.9 billion, about 76.66 percent of Gross Domestic Product.