On January 8th, 2014, the Africa Growth Initiative (AGI), Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana hosted a private event for the launch of ISSER’s “The State of the Ghanaian Economy in 2012” report at the Brookings Institution.
The event included a presentation by Felix A. Asante, director of ISSER, who provided an overview of the Ghanaian economy, discussed recent trends in the development of Ghana and addressed issues of concern that civil society, think tanks, policymakers and government must face in order for the country’s economy to continue to grow. An overview of the Ghana economic report is available online; a full print copy of the report may be requested from ISSER.
After the presentation, President and CEO of the CCA Stephen Hayes gave remarks on the report before Brookings Nonresident Fellow Witney Schneidman moderated a discussion among panelists and audience participants. Questions for the panel focused on infrastructure, inequality, small-medium enterprises, interest rates and energy. Joining Asante, Hayes and Schneidman on the panel were Robert Osei, senior research fellow and head of the economics division at ISSER, and Peter Quartey, head of the department of economics at the University of Ghana and senior economist at ISSER.