Statistical Service Bawumia Vindicated, Statistical Service Admits GDP Errors

The GSS has admitted an error in the transmission of data on the 2009 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) onto its website.

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Dr Philomena Nyarko, Government Statistician play

Dr Philomena Nyarko, Government Statistician

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former Deputy Governor, Bank Of Ghana play

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former Deputy Governor, Bank Of Ghana

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The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has admitted there were errors in a recent data about the country’s economic growth posted on its website.

“GSS wishes to state that there was error during the transmission of the data unto its website. The correct figure is 4.8 percent and not the 2.2 percent which has subsequently been identified and corrected.

“The institute for fiscal studies raised similar concern in January 2015 and they were provided with the above information and the correct figure. It may interest the public to note that the 2009 GDP growth rate of 4.8 percent was the figure provided to the IMF in January 2015,” the GSS clarified in a statement Thursday.

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia at a lecture challenged why overall 2009 non-oil GDP growth rate was 2.2 per cent whereas the agriculture sector grew by 7.2 per cent, industry by 4.5 per cent and services by 5.6 per cent.

He however suggested that inaccurate figures from the GSS may affect the economic programme government is seeking to reach with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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