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Ghana’s inflation rate drops in February



Ghana’s inflation rate drops in February
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Ghana’s inflation rate for February 2024 dropped to 23.2% for the month of February 2024, representing a decline of 30basis points from the 23.5% recorded in January 2024.

This is according to the Ghanian government’s Statistician-General, Samuel Kobina Annim.

Food inflation decelerated to 27% from 27.1% in January, while non-food price growth stood at 20%, down from 20.5%.

The Bank of Ghana had forecasted that inflation would range between 13% and 17% by the year’s end, gradually returning to its medium-term target range of 6% to 10% by the conclusion of 2025.

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The decline in inflation aligns with policymakers’ anticipation for a continued easing of inflationary pressures. This led to the decision to conclude the most aggressive phase of monetary tightening, resulting in a reduction of the benchmark rate from 30% to 29% in January.

In 2023, Ghana faced an unparalleled economic downturn characterized by an alarming inflation rate that surged to over 50%.

The nation’s economic difficulties commenced in December 2022 with the declaration of a suspension of payments on a substantial portion of its $28.4 billion external debt, effectively constituting a default.

Recently, the IMF approved a $3 billion rescue package for Ghana- the world’s second-largest cocoa producer. Additionally, the West African nation is undergoing a comprehensive restructuring of nearly all its $47 billion debt to ensure its sustainability.