Claim: Cote d’Ivoire’s GDP better than Ghana’s over the last 3 years

Source: Dr Abdul-Rashid Hasan Pelpuo

Verdict: TRUE

Researched by Sedem Kwasigah

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Dr Abdul-Rashid Hasan Pelpuo, has claimed that Cote d’Ivoire’s economic growth rate is better as compared to that of Ghana.

During a guest appearance on Citi TV/FM’s The Big Issue programme – a news magazine programme that analyses the major headlining news stories of the week, on February 24, 2024, he dismissed suggestions that Ghana’s economy was better as compared to other countries in West Africa.

“Look, Cote d’Ivoire was behind Ghana in GDP ratings. Now Cote d’Ivoire has overtaken Ghana. Now it has overtaken Ghana in the last three years. Go check the records and see,” Dr Abdul-Rashid Hasan Pelpuo said between 1:20:12 and 1:20:38.

This fact-check report seeks to verify the accuracy of the claim.


To fact-check this, GhanaFact used data from the World Bank.

After assessing the two countries’ GDP growth rates, we found evidence to show that since 2020 Cote d’Ivoire’s economy has performed better.

Years/ Countries 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cote d’Ivoiret GDP (USD) 7.4 4.8 6.5 1.7 7 6.7
Ghana GDP (USD) 8.1 6.2 6.5 0.5 5.1 3.1

Source: World Bank

Data: World Bank


The claim is rated TRUE.