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Economic Freedom & Fiscal Policy

The Ashanti Kingdom’s Constraints on Gold Trading and Private Wealth

Ghana has been a gold-impregnated country for centuries. Gold made Ghana, then Gold Coast popular in Europe and led to a continuous trade in Gold for brass, salts, weapons (irons) and clothes. The huge nuggets of gold are located in Obuasi (Part of the Ashanti Kingdom) and in other towns including...Read more

Thinking Beyond the Businesses Stimulus Package in the Pandemic | Peter Bismark

When the COVID -19 pandemic hit countries like Ghana, Civil Society organization like the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) and myself in Tema and other labour associations like the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) called on the government for a stimulus package to...Read more

NPP Government Never Abolished Taxes | Peter Bismark

Every business man would be happy to enjoy tax cut on his products to maximize profit. The New Patriotic Party in its 2016 promised to abolish a list of taxes described as “nuisance taxes” crippling the private sector and undermining ease of doing business should they win the election....Read more

AfCTA will only benefit big businesses if Governments don’t reform domestic economic policies | Prof. Brian Baugus

An Associate Professor at the Regent University, Virginia, US, Prof Brian Baugus, has posited that the African Continental Free Trade Area’s (AfCFTA) is a good policy with long term benefits that are much larger than the short term costs. He has however, cautioned that AfCTA will only benefit...Read more

Blueprint to Ghana's Economy | ILAPI

The increase in Ghana’s public debt stock has nearly doubled from 36.9% of GDP at the end of 2009 to GH? 119.9 Billion (71.9% of GDP) in November 2016. Economic hardships and “particratic” looting and sharing in the contemporary politics of Ghana have made standard of living...Read more

Why Capital Needs Entrepreneurs | Antony P. Mueller

The productivity theory of capital dominates the popular view and public discussions. It presumes that capital generates the yield like a tree begets its fruits. In this view, more savings imply more investment, and more investment generates a higher capital stock, which in turn raises future...Read more

Fiscal Discipline and Fiscal Council, More Borrowing or Less Expenditure? - ILAPI

The striving for macroeconomic stability to fostering consistent economic growth and development has been the major anteriority of this current New Patriotic party (NPP) government.  Massive recall can be made from the various macroeconomic variables projection since its maiden budget in march...Read more

Bank Consolidation is not Enough, Competition on Interest Rates is Key | Peter Bismark

Ghana’s banking sector suffered huge setbacks leading to the collapse of 7 Banks between 2017 and 2018 financial years. The Bank failures were attributed to poor corporate governance, week risk management and non-performance of loans. Others like me, held responsible the government’s...Read more

Banks In Ghana Need to compete Not To Merge

The recent Bank of Ghana’s (BOG) Policy to merge banks have been influenced mainly by the increase in capitalization. This is due to the increment of Bank of Ghana’s minimum capital requirement of banks from GH¢120 million to GH¢400 million in September 2017, aimed at spurring...Read more

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