According to him, there have been several contractions in critical areas of the economy such as construction, mining, quarrying, wholesale and retail trading, water, sewage and waste management.
This, he said, makes it impossible for the local economy to turn the corner.
Reacting to Ken Ofori-Atta‘s “we have turned the corner” statement in parliament during the 2023 mid-year budget review, on CitiTV’s The Point of View programme, the former finance minister said, “What corner? In the first quarter of this year, if you look at the economic growth that the BoG statistics have released, we experienced a lot of contractions in very important sectors. We have experienced contractions in the construction sector, mining and quarry, wholesale-retail trading, water, sewerage and waste management.”
Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta during the 2023 mid-year budget review statement in parliament on July 31, 2023, said Ghana was making modest gains in turning the economy around after the economic downturn.
He stated that government’s plans and programmes were beginning to yield positive results.
The mid-year fiscal policy was in accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution and the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).