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S&P’s downgrade of Ghana’s economy to ‘C’ worst in 13yrs expected -UGBS Prof.

Lord Mensah

S&P’s downgrade of Ghana’s economy to ‘C’ worst in 13yrs expected -UGBS Prof.

“I don’t expect Ghana’s Finance Minister to challenge S&P Global’s downgrade of Ghana’s economy because government has no forex reserve, many businesses will be out of business”, University of Ghana Business School Professor Lord Mensah said in an interview monitored by African Editors. His latest reaction follows Finance Ministry’s statement that it is disappointed in the S&P Global’s downgrade of Ghana’s economy from B- to CCC+.

S&P Global’s downgrade of Ghana’s economy disappointing – Ofori-Atta

Ghana’s Finance Ministry says it is disappointed in the rating firm S&P for its downgrading of the Ghanaian economy.

According to the Ministry, the economy is struggling as a result of the impact dealt it by the global COVID pandemic.

In a statement, the Finance Ministry noted failed to acknowledge the measures being taken by the government to put the economy back on track.

In February this year another international rating firm Moody’s downgraded Ghana’s long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings to Caa1 from B3.

Ghana’s outlook has also been moved to stable from negative.

Moody’s projects that Ghana’s government debt ratios will continue to deteriorate in the next few years with extremely weak debt affordability significantly constraining policymaking.

Moody’s estimates that government debt ended 2021 at 80% of GDP while interest payments alone consumed half of government revenue that year (positioning Ghana with the second largest ratio among Moody’s rated sovereigns)

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