Government spent GH¢68.4 billion in 2019- Finance Minister

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The government of Ghana spent GH¢68.4 billion in 2019, representing 19.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

This is compared with the GH¢59 billion (19.6% of GDP) recorded for the corresponding period in 2018. 

According to the January 2020 Monetary Policy Report, the pace of spending was broadly within the projected outturn. 

This outturn represents a year-on-year growth of 15.9% and constituted 96.4% of the expected target for the period. 

Of the total expenditures, interest payments amounted to GHS19.7 billion (5.7% of GDP) for the review period compared with GH¢15.8 billion (5.3% of GDP) for the same period in 2018. 

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This outturn was 0.8% above the projected target of GH¢19.5 billion, about 5.7% of GDP.

Compensation of employees for the period amounted to GH¢22.0 billion, representing 6.4% of GDP. 

This was below the programmed target by some 1.9% but represented an annual growth of 12.3%. 

Of this, wages and salaries amounted to GHS19.5 billion (5.6% of GDP), below the envisaged target by 1.4 percent. 

The Use of Goods and Services for the period under review amounted to GHS6.1 billion (1.8% of GDP) compared with the target of GH¢6.9 billion (2% of GDP). 

Grants to government units during the period under review also amounted to GH¢11.4 billion, about 3.3% of GDP, against the target of GH¢13 billion, about 3.8% of GDP.

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Capital expenditures was GH¢6.1 billion (1.8% of GDP) compared to the target of GH¢6 billion (1.7% of GDP). 

This represented a year-on-year increase of 29.8%. 

Domestically financed capital expenditure accounted for some 41% of the total with the rest financed from foreign sources.


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