Economic challenges: This too shall pass – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said the difficult situation Ghanaians are saddled with presently will be over.

He appealed to the people of Ghana to have faith in him to tackle the challenges facing the country.

He said at the St Mark Anglican Church at Kyebi in the Eastern Region as part of his three-day tour of the region on Sunday October 23 that “I know the challenges Ghanaians are facing, I appeal to you to have faith in me to solve the challenges, this too shall pass.”

Ghana is facing economic challenges just as other countries are also doing.

The local currency, the Cedi is peforming poorly against the Dollar.

Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen said the impressions he gets from meetings he has been attending is that all countries, whether in Europe or Africa or Asia, are facing similar economic challenges – high inflation, food insecurity, currency depreciation, rising youth unemployment.

In his view, it doesn’t appear that there is going to be any reprieve next year.

To that end, he has asked all to continue to tighten their belts.

Addressing a press conference in Washington DC, United States of America, he said “The general consensus across all the meetings I have attended is that we certainly are in the midst of global crisis. There is a saying that nowhere cool.

“I think coming here today, this week and the past week has really confirmed that we are not the only ones who have been going through very challenging times. Whichever country you engage the Ministers, whether being the West or in Africa or in Asia, their problems are similar – high inflationary pressures, currency depreciation, food insecurity, rising youth unemployment. It has really brought to the fore the fact that we need some unique solutions for these unique set of problems across board.

“There is also still quite a lot of uncertainty about the Russia-Ukrainian war and how it is going to end. It certainly seems that the understanding is that it is going to go into 2023, there seems to be the perception that 2023 is going to be tougher than 2022. If you look all at the forecasts you can see revisions have been made. These revisions have all been downwards, not upwards.

“The only thing that it may seem to have tapered off in the forecasts is, maybe, inflationary pressures but that of course will be based on the fact that this year has been so high, coming of a high base , it is unlikely that we will see the same high levels going into next year. Crude oil forecasts still seem to be in the high, double digits to triple digits. So essentially, from my impressions from meetings I have attended so far, it doesn’t look like there is going to be any reprieve next year and so we need to continue to tighten our belts and look at some serious fiscal consolidations in the budget for 2023.”