Africa's Statistical Tragedy contd

From Emergent Africa Wed Nov 28 2012, 11:00:00

In African Arguments Morten Jerven writes:

Two years ago Ghana's statistical service announced it was revising its GDP estimates upwards by over 60%, suggesting that in the previous estimates about US$13bn worth's of economic activity had been missed. As a result, Ghana was suddenly upgraded from a low to lower-middle-income country. In response, Todd Moss, the development scholar and blogger at the Center of Global Development in Washington DC, exclaimed: "Boy, we really don't know anything!"

Shanta Devarajan, the World Bank's Chief Economist for Africa, struck a more dramatic tone. In an address to a conference organised by Statistics South Africa, he called the current state of affairs "Africa's statistical tragedy"Concluding:

It is a real tragedy that the statistical capacities of sub-Saharan African economies are in such a poor state. African development statistics tell us less than we would like to think about income, poverty and growth in the region. One of the most urgent challenges in African economic development is to devise a strategy for improving statistical capacity. This system currently causes more confusion than enlightenment. However, governments, international organisations and independent analysts need these development statistics to track and monitor efforts at improving living conditions ...

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Ghana:   Chinese Ambassador Handing-Over Ceremony of the ICT Classroom (press release)
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
21 February 2017

His Majesty Bantamehene, representing His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, King of Ashanti, Respected Traditional Leaders of the Community, His Excellency Ambassador Kojo Amoo-Gotffried, President of ... [read more]

Ghana:   Shatta Wale Sets Bar High in Cape Coast With Spectacular Performance (news)
Ghana Star
20 February 2017

Arguably described as the man of the moment, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known in showbiz as Shatta Wale, made history in Cape Coast when he thrilled thousands of music lovers at the Cape ... [read more]

Ghana:   Parliament Approves All 10 Regional Ministers Designate (press release)
Government of Ghana
20 February 2017

Parliament has approved by consensus the nomination of all ten persons nominated by President Akufo-Addo as regional ministers. They are Ishmael Ashietey, Greater Accra regional minister-designate; ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!