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November 13, 2006
GDP rises to 6.2 per cent
Accra, Nov. 15, GNA - Ghana's Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
is pegged at 6.2 per cent this year, the Ghana Statistical
Service (GSS) said on Tuesday.
Professor N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, Acting Government
Statistician, told the GNA that the rise from the 5.8 per
cent was largely driven by the agriculture and the
He mentioned improvements in the cocoa sector, increases in
construction of roads and bridges and demand for electricity
as accounting for the rise.
"Even though we are experiencing power rationing and we
thought that would affect industries, their demand for
electricity rather went up leading to increase in production
activities," he said.
Delivering a lecture on: "The Ghana Statistical Service and
Ghana's Development Agenda"; Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah underscored
the importance of statistics to national development saying
it was fundamental to good governance and effective policy
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah said; "GSS does not express opinion on
public issues; our food is the raw data and we comment and
interpret them as such".
He announced that because of GSS' long standing expertise
and experience in data gathering with internationally
accepted methodologies, some countries within the West
Africa Sub-Region had expressed interest to study Ghana's
Besides, he said, the GSS would from next year launch its
Information Dissemination Centre, which would be fully
networked for the public to access.
The lecture formed part of the Service's week celebrations
under the theme "Up-scaling Statistical Service Role in
Statistical Planning for Dynamic Development".