A boat on the beach in Ghana

Ghana GDP Q1 2019

Ghana: Growth ticks down in Q1 but rapid nonetheless

According to a preliminary estimate released by Ghana’s Statistical Institute, the economy expanded 6.7% year-on-year in the first quarter of the year, down slightly from the previous quarter’s 6.8% increase. In a similar fashion, in quarter-on-quarter, seasonally-adjusted terms, growth moderated slightly from 1.7% to 1.6%.

The industrial sector once again spearheaded the overall expansion, although it lost some stride from the previous quarter (Q1: +8.4% year-on-year; Q4: +8.9% yoy). Surging mining and quarrying output reflected strong dynamics in the oil industry, which, coupled with healthy outturns in the electricity and manufacturing sub-sectors, more than offset a sharp slump in construction activity.

Meanwhile, the services sector accelerated at the fastest rate since Q4 2015 (Q1: +7.2% yoy; Q4: +5.8% yoy), led by the information and communication, as well as health and social work sub-sectors. On a less positive note, growth in the agricultural sector halved (Q1: +2.2% yoy; Q4: +4.4% yoy), marking a three-year low. The deterioration reflected moderate growth in crop output and a contraction in forestry and logging activity.

Looking ahead, the economy should sustain a strong pace of expansion again this year, thanks to solid export growth and robust domestic demand. Fluctuations in global commodity prices and lower-than-anticipated oil production remain key risks to the outlook, however.

Free sample report

Access essential information in the shortest time possible. FocusEconomics provide hundreds of consensus forecast reports from the most reputable economic research authorities in the world.
Close Left Media Arrows Left Media Circles Right Media Arrows Right Media Circles Arrow Quote Wave Address Email Telephone Man in front of screen with line chart Document with bar chart and magnifying glass Application window with bar chart Target with arrow Line Chart Stopwatch Globe with arrows Document with bar chart in front of screen Bar chart with magnifying glass and dollar sign Lightbulb Document with bookmark Laptop with download icon Calendar Icon Nav Menu Arrow Arrow Right Long Icon Arrow Right Icon Chevron Right Icon Chevron Left Icon Briefcase Icon Linkedin In Icon Full Linkedin Icon Filter Facebook Linkedin Twitter Pinterest