Joe Jackson of Dalex Finance has been inducted as a fellow of the Institute of Charted Economists- Ghana (ICEG).
In his welcome address, Gideon O. Amissah, CEO of the Institute explained that ICEG’s mission is to promote and encourage the study and development of the art and science of economics in public practice, industries, commerce, etc. and to inculcate professionalism and specialization in the economics profession in Ghana.
He further mentioned that as an institute, they seek out exceptional economists to join their fold, hence the decision to induct Mr. Jackson as a fellow of the institute.
Prof. Peter Tuffuo Asubonteng led the induction and charged Joe Jackson to uphold the code of ethics of the institute.
In his response, Mr. Jackson proceeded to share a presentation on his take of the Mid-year budget to the audience. In his presentation, Mr. Jackson reiterated his infamous quote “Ghana is broke”. He further explained that the country’s appetite for borrowing is simply unsustainable. He however acknowledged that the government had done well by collecting the taxes it said it would collect.
In summary, he noted that “the best thing is nothing has changed. Unfortunately, the worst thing is also that nothing has changed.” Overall, however, he agreed that the government deserves to be give a pass mark having met most of the targets set.
Kenneth Thompson, CEO of Dalex Finance expressed how proud he was of Mr. Jackson. He acknowledged that when it comes to breaking complex economic issues for the ordinary Ghanaian, no one comes close to Joe Jackson.