�We Live In An �Abnormal Economy�� � TUC Boss

The Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah, has described the current economy of Ghana, under the leadership of President John Dramani Mahama, as an ‘abnormal economy’.

According to the TUC boss, “inflation remains very high, interest rate is abnormally high, probably the highest in the world. That doesn’t help our employers to borrow money form the banks. If you have a situation in the country where it is only the banks that are making profit, it is not normal.”

Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah was addressing a meeting between the TUC and Nana Akufo-Addo, when the latter paid a courtesy call on the workers’ union at its headquarters on Monday, October 31, 2016, to interact with the TUC leadership, as well as outline policies and programmes intended to solve the myriad of problems confronting the nation. 

The TUC boss noted even though Ghana’s budget deficit is reducing, it still remains high, adding that “we have huge trade deficits, and weaknesses in trade policies, investment policies, procurement policies and macroeconomic policies. All these weaknesses need urgent attention.”

With about 80% of all new foreign investments that come into Ghana located in Accra, Takoradi and Kumasi, Dr. Yaw Baah described the phenomenon as “not normal. So we are interested in finding out what your government will do about these challenges, especially on interest rates. Our economy is not normal.”

On the issue of the high interest rates prevailing in Ghana, the TUC boss cited an example of a colleague who went to the bank for a loan of GH¢54,000 to purchase a vehicle, only to be told he would end up repaying some GH¢68,000 after  5 years.

“If you live in country like that, how can businesses borrow money, invest, and make profit, so they can expand? They can’t. We live in a very abnormal economy and we are hoping that things change for us, because we are suffering as workers of Ghana,” he added.