Housing is one of the most important basic needs in every society. Improved housing markets also provide positive externalities, as well as direct consumption benefits. For instance, increased housing activities also stimulate economic activities through ancillary industries such as building materials and also benefits professionals such as architects and civil engineers.
The Ghanaian economy continues to experience increasing growth rates over the past couple of years and recorded a growth rate 6.2 percent in 2006. The expansion in the economy was largely driven by significant growth experienced in industry and services with provisional growth rates of 7.3 percent and 6.5 percent respectively.
The paper presents an assessment of Ghana’s privatization programme and how it has improved the Global Competitiveness of the Ghanaian economy.
An assessment of the effect of HIPC debt relief on external debt repayments and its impact on Ghana’s poverty reduction strategy and recommended policy measures are presented.
The policy brief aims to disseminate information on research findings and their policy implications. In this maiden edition, the issue of lack of linkages between Research Institutions in Ghana and Industry is addressed.