Ghana GDP Annual Growth Rate at 6.7% in Q1


The economy of Ghana advanced 6.7 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, following a 6.8 percent growth in the previous period, mainly boosted by services and the industrial sector.

The services sector expanded 7.2 percent, faster than 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, mainly supported by information & communication (37 percent vs 12.3 percent in Q4); health & social work (22.1 percent vs 12.5 percent); real estate (9.1 percent vs -3.1 percent); hotels & restaurants (8.6 percent vs 1.1 percent); education (8.5 percent vs 4 percent) and professional, administrative & support service activities (6.8 percent vs 5.6 percent). Meanwhile, softer rises were seen in trade, repair of vehicle and household goods (2.9 percent vs 8.6 percent); transport & storage (3.1 percent vs 3.2 percent); public administration, defense & social security (3.2 percent vs 7.3 percent) and other personal services activities (2.5 percent vs 4.4 percent). At the same time, finance & insurance grew at the same pace (at 2.1 percent).

The industrial sector performed solidly overall, advancing 8.4 percent, after a 8.9 percent rise in the previous period. Main positive contributions came from mining & quarrying (20.9 percent vs 20 percent); oil & gas (14.6 percent vs -7.2 percent); manufacturing (5.6 percent vs 1.9 percent) and electricity supply (11.1 percent vs 6.3 percent). In contrast, sharp contractions were posted in construction (-8.7 percent vs 2.5 percent) and water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (-6.4 percent vs -7.3 percent).

Agriculture grew 2.2 percent, much slower than 4.4 percent in the prior quarter, as output rose less for crops & cocoa (2.4 percent vs 6.5 percent) and it shrank for forestry & logging (-5.8 percent vs -1.1 percent) and fishing (-1.5 percent vs -19.1 percent). On the other hand, production advanced at a faster pace for cocoa (5.6 percent vs 3.7 percent) and livestock (5.5 percent vs 5.0 percent).

On a quarterly basis, the GDP advanced 1.6 percent compared to 1.7 percent in the previous quarter.

Ghana GDP Annual Growth Rate at 6.7% in Q1


Ghana Statistical Service | Luisa Carvalho | luisa.carvalho@tradingeconomics.com
6/20/2019 2:43:36 PM