Economy of Ghana
|Economy of Ghana|
|Calendar year 1 January to 31 December|
$117 billion (2014 estimate, PPP)
|8.5% (Q3 – 2013)
8.2% (2012 est.)
GDP per capita
| $6,850 (2014 estimate, PPP)[a]
$3,500 (2014 estimate, nominal)[a]
GDP by sector
| Services: 50.6% (2013);
Industry: 28.1% (2013);
Agriculture: 21.3% (2013)
|14.5% (2014 March)|
Population below poverty line
|3% (2013 est.)|
|12.83 million (2012 est.)|
Labor force by occupation
| Services: 28% (2011 est.);
Industry: 20% (2011 est.);
Agriculture: 52% (2011 est.)
Average gross salary
|¢29,669.16 / $10,483.8 (per year)[b]|
|¢2,472.43 / $873.65 (per month)[b]|
|Exports||$13.73 billion (2012 est.)|
Main export partners
|Imports||$17.56 billion (2012 est.)|
Main import partners
|$4.9 billion (2012)|
Gross external debt
|$46.4 billion (1 July 2014 est.)|
|61% of GDP (2014 est.)|
|Revenues||9.282 billion (2012 est.)|
|Expenses||14.13 billion (2012 est.)|
All values, unless otherwise stated, are in US dollars.
The economy of Ghana, has a diverse and rich resource base with a primary manufacturing and exportation of digital technology goods combined with automotive and ship construction and exportation, as well as exportation of diverse and rich resource hydrocarbons, industrial minerals among many others makes Ghana attain one of the highest GDP per capita in Africa. Owing to a GDP rebasement, in 2011 Ghana became the fastest growing economy in the world; differences with neighboring economies are likely to be overstated due to underfunded statistical agencies in surrounding countries.
The Ghanaian domestic economy in 2012 revolved around services, which accounts for 50% of GDP and employs 28% of the work force. Besides industrialization associated with minerals and oil, industrial development in Ghana remains basic, often associated with plastics (chairs, plastic bags, razors and pens).
Ghana embarked on a currency re-denomination exercise, from Cedi (¢) to the new currency, the Ghana Cedi (GH¢) in July 2007. The transfer rate is 1 Ghana Cedi for every 10,000 Cedis. Ghana embarked upon an aggressive media campaign to educate the public about what re-denomination entails. Value added tax is a consumption tax administered in Ghana. The tax regime which started in 1998 had a single rate but since September 2007 entered into a multiple rate regime. In 1998, the rate of tax was 10% and amended in 2000 to 12.5%. The top income tax and corporate tax rates are 25%. Other taxes included with value-added tax (VAT), are national health insurance levy, and a capital gains tax. The overall tax burden amounts to 12.1% of Ghana's total domestic income, and the budget of Ghana has fallen to the equivalent of 39.8% of GDP.
- 1 Manufacturing
- 2 Telecommunications
- 3 Private banking
- 4 Energy
- 5 Hydrocarbon and mining
- 6 Tourism
- 7 Agriculture
- 8 Ghana: Vision 2020 and industrialization
- 9 Economic transparency
- 10 Beggary in Ghana
- 11 See also
- 12 Footnotes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Ghana's industrial base is relatively advanced. Import-substitution industries include electronics manufacturing; Rlg Communications is the first indigenous African company to assemble laptops, desktops, mobile phones, and West Africa's biggest Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and mobile phone manufacturing company. Automobiles and Electric cars manufacturing; Ghana began its automotive industry car manufacturing with the construction of its first self assembled automobile from Ghanaian automotive company "Suame Industrial Development Organization" (SMIDO) first constructed prototype robust sport utility vehicle (SUV), named the SMATI Turtle 1, intended for use in the rough African terrain and designed and manufactured by "Artisans of Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization" (SMIDO) and the construction of Ghanaian urban electric cars from 2014. Textiles; As of 2012 there were four major companies in this sector. Akosombo Textiles Limited (ATL), Tex Style Ghana Limited (GTP), Printex Ghana and Ghana Textile Manufacturing Company (GTMC). Crude oil and gas refining; Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and Ghana Oil Company.
Ghana's telecommunications statistics indicated that as of 2013 there are 26,336,000 cell-phone lines in operation. The mass media of Ghana is among the most liberal in Africa, with Ghana ranking as the 3rd freest in Africa and 30th most free in the world on the world wide press freedom Index. Chapter 12 of the Constitution of Ghana guarantees freedom of the Ghanaian press and the independence of the mass media, and in Chapter 2 prohibits censorship. The Ghanaian press freedom was restored in 1992. Competition among mobile-phone companies in Ghana is an important part of the telecommunications industry growth of Ghana, with companies obtaining more than 80 per 100 persons as mobile phone and fixed-line phone users. Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to achieve the connection to the World Wide Web. In 2010, there were 165 licensed internet service providers in Ghana and they were running 29 of the fiber optic, and authorized networks VSAT operators were 176, of which 57 functioned, and 99 internet operators were authorized to the public, and private data and packet-switched network operators were 25.
The financial services in Ghana has seen a lot of reforms in the past years. Ghana through the Banking (Amendment) Act 2007 has include the awarding of General Banking license to qualified Banks and this allows Offshore banks to operate in the country. Barclays Bank (Ghana) limited has become the first Bank in Ghana to be awarded the General Banking license in the Country. It has therefore become possible for non-resident individuals and foreign companies to open offshore Bank Accounts in Ghana.
As of December 2012, Ghana gets 97% of its energy from Hydropower and exports some of this to neighboring countries, however Ghana aims to increase its solar energy generation to get 6% of its energy from solar energy by the year 2016.
Ghana has aggressively began the construction of solar plants across its sun rich land in an aim for the country to become the first country to get 6% of its energy from solar energy generation by 2016. The biggest photovoltaic (PV) and largest solar energy plant in Africa, the Nzema project, based in Ghana, will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes. The 155 megawatt plant will increase Ghana's electricity generating capacity by 6%.
Construction work on the GH¢740 million (GB£248 million) and the fourth-largest solar power plant in the world, is being developed by, Blue Energy, a renewable energy investment company, majority owned and funded by members of the, Stadium Group, a large private asset and development company with GB£2.5 billion under management. Project director is Douglas Coleman, from Mere Power Nzema Ltd, Ghana.
Unlike many other solar projects in Africa that use concentrated solar power, solar plants will use photovoltaic (PV) technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity. Installation of more than 630,000 solar PV modules will begin by the end of 2013 with electricity being generated early in 2014. It is due to reach full capacity at the end of 2015.
Ghana has Class 4–6 wind resources and locations of the high wind areas – such as Nkwanta, the Accra Plains, and Kwahu and Gambaga mountains. The maximum energy that could be tapped from Ghana's available wind resource for electricity is estimated to be about 500–600 GWh/year. To give perspective – In 2011, per same Energy Commission, the largest Akosombo hydroelectric dam in Ghana alone produced 6,495 GWhrs of electric power and, counting all Ghana's geothermal energy production in addition, total energy generated was 11,200 GWhrs in the same year. These assessments do not take into consideration further limiting factors such as land-use restrictions, the existing grid (or how far the wind resource may be from the grid) and accessibility. To conclude, wind energy has potential to contribute significantly to the country's energy industry – 10% can certainly be attained in terms of installed capacity, and about 5% of total electric generation potential from wind alone.
The vast arable and degraded land mass of Ghana has the potential for the cultivation of crops and plants that could be converted into a wide range of solid and liquid bio-fuels, as the development of alternative transportation fuels could help Ghana to diversify and secure its future energy supplies. Main investments in the bio-energy subsector existed in the areas of production, are transportation, storage, distribution, sale, marketing and exportation.
The goal of Ghana regarding bio-energy, as articulated its energy sector policy, is to modernize and examine the benefits of bio-energy]on a sustainable basis. Biomass is Ghana's dominant energy resource in terms of endowment and consumption, with the two primary bio-fuels consumed being ethanol and biodiesel. To that effect, the Ghana ministry of Energy in 2010 developed the energy sector strategy and development plan. Highlights of the key policy objectives strategy for the renewable energy subsector include sustaining the supply and efficient use of wood-fuels while ensuring that their utilization does not lead to deforestation. The plan would support private sector investments in the cultivation of bio-fuel feedstock, extraction of bio-oil and its refining into secondary products, thereby creating appropriate financial and tax incentives. The Ghana Renewal Energy Act provides the necessary fiscal incentives for renewable energy development by the private sector, and also details the control and management of bio-fuel and wood-fuel projects in Ghana. The Ghana National Petroleum Authority (NPA) was tasked by the Renewable Energy Act 2011 to price Ghana's bio-fuel blend in accordance with the prescribed petroleum pricing formula.
The combined effects of climate change and global economic turbulence, had triggered a sense of urgency among Ghanaian policymakers, industry and development practitioners to find sustainable and viable solutions in the area of bio-fuels.
Currently, Brazil, which makes ethanol from maize and sugarcane respectively, is the world's largest bio-fuel market.
Electricity generation is one of the key factors in achieving the development of the Ghanaian national economy, with aggressive and rapid industrialization; Ghana's national electric energy consumption was 265 kilowatts per capita in 2009. Shortages of electricity have lead to dumsor, increasing the interest in renewables.
Hydrocarbon and mining
Ghana has 5 billion barrels (790×106 m3) to 7 billion barrels (1.1×109 m3) of petroleum in reserves and a large oilfield which contains up to 3 billion barrels (480×106 m3) of sweet crude oil was discovered in 2007. Oil exploration is ongoing and, the amount of oil continues to increase. Ghana produces crude oil, as of 15 December 2010, and until June 2011, Ghana exploited around 120,000 barrels per day and is expected to increase production up to 2.5 million barrels per day in 2014. Ghana produces gas and has vast natural gas reserves, which is used by many foreign multinational companies operating in Ghana. The hydrocarbon industry has had major implications for regional and urban development in Ghana and these are likely to substantially increase in the years to come 
Mining in Ghana has gained importance in the Ghanaian economy since the turn of the 21st century, with a growth of around 30% in 2007; main mining extractions are bauxite, gold (Ghana is one of the largest gold producers in the world), and the phosphates.
The Ministry of Tourism has placed great emphasis upon further tourism support and development. Tourism contributed to 4.9% of GDP in 2009, attracting around 500,000 tourists. Tourist destinations include Ghana's many castles and forts, national parks, beaches, nature reserves, landscapes and World Heritage buildings and sites.
In 2011, Forbes magazine published that Ghana was ranked the eleventh most friendly country in the world. The assertion was based on a survey in 2010 of a cross-section of travelers. Of all the countries on the African continent that were included in the survey Ghana ranked highest.
To enter Ghana, it is necessary to have a visa authorized by the Government of Ghana, except for certain entrepreneurs who are on business trip.
Ghana National Agricultural Export is the government arm that operates, maintains, overlooks the planting of cocoa, cashew etc. and other crops for export. Since its inception, it has drastically assisted the government in boosting agricultural sales. Agribusiness accounts for small fraction of gross domestic product. Main harvested crops are corn, the plantain, rice, millet, sorghum, cassava and yam. Unlike Ghanaian agricultural livestock, forestry and fishing sectors, the crop sector is key to the Ghanaian Agriculture industry.
Ghana: Vision 2020 and industrialization
With the economic program Ghana: Vision 2020, Ghana intends to achieve its goals of accelerated economic growth, improved quality of life for all Ghanaian citizens, by reducing poverty through, private investment, rapid and aggressive industrialization, as well as direct and aggressive poverty-alleviation efforts. These plans have been forcefully reiterated in the 1995 Ghana government report, Ghana: Vision 2020. Nationalization of state-owned enterprises continues, with about two-thirds of 300 parastatal enterprises owned by the government of Ghana. Other reforms adopted under the government's structural adjustment program include increasing exchange rate controls and increasing autarky and increasing restrictions on imports. Ghana: Vision 2020 forecast assumes political stability, successful economic stabilization, and the implementation of Ghana: Vision 2020 policy agenda on private sector growth, and aggressive public spending on social services, infrastructure, and industrialization with projected announcement that, Ghana's goal and target of reaching the high-income economy status and reaching the newly industrialized country status, would be easily realized between 2020 and 2039 as Ghana rapidly enacts its Ghana: Vision 2020.
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The judicial system of Ghana deals with corruption, economic malpractice and lack of economic transparency in Ghana. Despite significant economic progress, obstacles do remain, and particular institutions need reform and property rights need improvement. The overall investment regime in Ghana lacks market transparency. Tackling these issues will be necessary if Ghana's rapid economic growth is to be maintained.
Beggary in Ghana
Begging or panhandling in Ghana is a common practice visible mainly in traffic on the streets of Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi. Beggars are usually seen carrying pans or displaying a gesture of outstretched palms clasped together whiles imploring others to grant a favor, often a gift of money. An overwhelming majority of beggars in Ghana are illegal immigrants from neighboring Sahelian countries in West Africa.
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