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World Economic Outlook Gov’t human development index report not from IMF - Bawumia

Government released a statement on Tuesday June 7 based on IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook report, saying the well-being of Ghanaians has improved under president Mahama.

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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the vice presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has said majority of government claims on the human development index report released last week was not contained in the World Economic Outlook report as government is making it appear.

Government released a statement on Tuesday June 7 based on IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook report, saying the well-being of Ghanaians has improved under president Mahama.

The statement signed by the communications minister, Omane Boamah noted “Our current per capita income is also higher than that of Cote d’Ivoire (US$1,314.7), Senegal (US$913.0)”, the government’s statement said, adding: “We believe human development is a more encompassing and comprehensive way to conceptualise development, as it puts people first. In this light, the government acknowledges the gains made over the last few years in major human development indicators.”

“Ghana achieved the Millennium Development Goal 1 target of reducing the proportion of poor people by half by 2015 in 2013 – two clear years ahead of the deadline.”

Speaking on Citi FM’s “The Citi Breakfast Show" Friday, Bawumia said 98 percent of what government put out in its statement were not in the World Outlook report. According to him, the IMF report only mentioned Ghana in two parts, expressing surprised that government generated a 15-page report out of it.

He said: “This report that the Minister released, we were told that this is the IMF’s World Economic Outlook giving the government significant progress. I read the IMF’s World Economic Outlook and I looked at the Minister’s statement – the 12-page statement of the Minister; in fact my impression initially when I heard it was that the Minister’s statement was coming out of the IMF’s report, but 91 per cent of the Minister’s statement is not in the World Economic Outlook. So all they say is that the IMF says we’ve made progress and as I said, there are two parts of this statement in the world Economic Outlook that relates to Ghana, one says that Ghana will see a marginal increase in growth from 3.5 per cent to 4.5 per cent – that’s the first part – that’s all it says. Then from this particular statement, this one sentence, you generate a 12-page report.”

“What he’s given is the government’s usual propaganda about what they have done in education, health and so on,” the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana added.

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