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A Review of Imports Structure and Reforms in Ghana

Nomfundo Portia Vacu () and Nicholas Odhiambo ()
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Nomfundo Portia Vacu: University of South Africa UNISA

EuroEconomica, 2017, issue 1(36), 144-158

Abstract: The main aim of this study is to provide an overview of the structure and performance of Ghana’s imports. Specifically, to take into account the effects of the country’s historical trade policy reforms and other determinants during the period 1995-2014. The findings show that, over this period, the country successfully established a few bilateral trade agreements with African and non-African countries. A larger share of Ghana’s imports originate from developed countries. The results also that the leading import sources for Ghana at a continental level include Europe, Asia, and Africa. In Africa, Nigeria is the main source of Ghana’s imports. Ghana’s imports are dominated by manufactured goods. The analysis suggests that Ghana’s imports demand are sensitive to changes in factors, such as trade openness, economic growth, and the exchange rate.

Keywords: Ghana; imports; trade policy reforms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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