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Foreign direct investment falls to $926m in Q3 2023

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Foreign direct investment falls to $926m in Q3 2023

During its latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting on November 27, 2023, the Bank of Ghana disclosed that foreign direct investment (FDI) witnessed a moderation, settling at $926 million by the end of the third quarter of 2023. This represents a decline from the $1.1 billion recorded in the same period in 2022.

Governor Ernest Addison highlighted that the capital and financial accounts experienced positive trends, benefitting from reduced portfolio outflows and lower amortization payments during the reviewed period.

The net outflow in the capital and financial accounts stood at $1.5 billion, slightly lower than the $1.6 billion recorded a year earlier, attributed to diminished portfolio payments and reduced government amortization.

Within this timeframe, portfolio outflows notably decreased to $195 million, a significant reduction from the $1.9 billion reported a year earlier. Additionally, government loan amortization witnessed a substantial 41.7% decline, reaching $523 million, primarily attributed to the impact of the debt standstill.

Governor Addison emphasized that these “favorable developments in the current, and the capital and financial accounts impacted positively on the balance of payments.”

Consequently, the trade surplus, coupled with the current account surplus and lower capital outflows, contributed to a noteworthy reduction in the overall balance of payments deficit. By the end of the third quarter in 2023, the deficit decreased to $617 million, a considerable improvement from the $3.4 billion deficit reported in the same period in 2022.

Source: norvanreports.com

Jeorge Wilson Kingson is the Managing Editor of ArtCraft Media Consult (Publishers of GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh and BusinessweekGhana.com), and a consulting Editor for The Corporate Guardian Magazine. He is the Chairman of the Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health (MATCOH). He is also the National Coordinator for the International Standards Journalism Association (ISJA) and the National Online Newsportals Coordinator for the Private Newspaper and Online Newsportals Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG). He is a senior member of Ghana's Parliamentary Press Corps. He is the ACS Global Cancer Ambassador for Ghana and a Peace Advocate

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