Ghanaian scholar advocates multi-faceted solutions for Ghana’s economic challenges

By Richmond Acheampong II Contributor
Economy & Investments Professor Joseph Kwasi Agyemang
MAR 1, 2024 LISTEN
Professor Joseph Kwasi Agyemang

The distinguished Ghanaian scholar and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Eswatini, and the first person in the world to attain three unique PhDs in accounting, Professor (Dr. Dr. Dr.) Joseph Kwasi Agyemang advocates multi-faceted solutions for Ghana’s economic challenges.

In a recent interview, he addressed the pressing issue of the high cost of living in Ghana, attributing it to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war.

Professor Agyemang emphasizes the need for comprehensive solutions and collaborative efforts from both the government and the private sector to address these economic challenges. He proposes fostering domestic production, improving fiscal management, and engaging in strategic international relations as key strategies for Ghana to navigate through the complexities and pave the way for a sustainable and prosperous future.

The scholar underscores the crucial role accountants play in addressing economic challenges. Being the backbone of financial management and reporting, he notes that accountants bring expertise in financial analysis, budgeting, tax planning, and fraud detection, which are essential for fostering economic stability and growth.

Regarding specific financial strategies, Professor Agyemang advocates for enhancing domestic production, improving fiscal management, and engaging in strategic international relations. He also highlights the importance of the government’s digitization agenda in minimizing corruption and fraudulent activities in the public sector.

Addressing collaboration between the government and the accounting and finance sector, he stresses the necessity for joint efforts to stimulate economic growth and alleviate the burden on citizens. Professor Agyemang believes that insights from the accounting and finance sector can provide solutions to challenges such as revenue generation constraints and fiscal deficits.

In the face of economic uncertainties, Professor Agyemang advises businesses in Ghana to embrace strategic foresight and resilience. He emphasizes understanding local economic nuances, adopting innovative financial planning, diversification strategies, and leveraging technological advancements for sustainable growth. Effective cash flow management and strategies for cost reduction are also deemed essential for stability and sustainability.

Asked about international best practices, Professor Agyemang recommends aligning with global standards and frameworks such as the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Standards on Auditing (ISA) to enhance Ghana’s economic stability and growth trajectory. He believes that adopting these practices will bolster transparency, accountability, and efficiency in the country’s financial systems.

Highlighting the significance of transparency and accountability in financial management for Ghana’s overall economic well-being, Professor Agyemang emphasizes that these principles directly impact economic stability, growth and development. Transparent financial practices, he notes, build trust with stakeholders, deter corruption, and promote good governance, ultimately contributing to economic prosperity.