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COVID-19: IMANI on government’s economic, social crises measures

IMANI Policy Brief: Don’t let the short-term crisis measures reverse regulatory gains made in supporting prudent fiscal behaviour

The Ghanaian government through the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning on 30 March 2020 outlined a strategy – fiscal measures to mitigate the impact of coronavirus pandemic including the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP), to manage the impact of the crisis on the Ghanaian economy. To this end, the solutions provided by the Ghanaian government must at the barest minimum address short term risks, with the limited potential of:
1. Damaging long term structural gains, and;
2. Undermining broad economic recovery strategies over the medium term.

Curiously, some of the proposed fiscal measures, leave more questions than answers which the authors set out in the below arguments. Crucially, they suggest what the government could do.

The logic of Ghana’s lockdown-why Coronavirus demands special attention

“The average daily contacts in Ghana’s hotspots would need to drop by about two-thirds for the lockdown to be successful. But to actually kill off the pandemic in these hotspots there would have to be no more importation of cases, and the lockdown would have to last a lot longer than just two weeks……The lockdown of the hotspots is one of the sharper weapons in Ghana’s fight against COVID-19.

It may flatten the pandemic curve if it lasts long enough. But the lockdown is only a treatment for a pandemic, not a cure… Ghana will still have to learn hard lessons about better surveillance, faster testing, and stronger health systems. And we will have to learn them quickly because the battle is not over. Not just yet.” Continue reading.
 
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