Ghana economy shrinks first time in 37 years

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Ghana President, Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s economy shrank 3.2 per cent in the second quarter for the first time in 37 years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s chief statistician said Wednesday.

The West African nation of 30 million inhabitants imposed a three-week lockdown in parts of the country, including the capital Accra, in March to curb the spread of the virus.

The country has officially declared 45,655 coronavirus cases and 294 deaths.

Chief statistician Samuel Kobina Annim told reporters in Accra the lockdowns crippled businesses and hurt revenues.

“Even after the restrictions have been lifted, many businesses across sectors have continued to close down,” he said.

For the first time since 1983, when the country suffered a devastating drought, “Ghana’s economy has seen a contraction of 3.2 percent compared with a growth rate of 5.7 per cent in the same quarter in 2019,” Annim said.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper