Ghana's informal sector is not productive.

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Part of Ghana's challenge to become a genuine market economy is coming to terms with its large "informal sector." According to the Public Agenda (Accra), Ghana's informal sector, economically active workers who either work for themselves or companies not registered with the government, accounts for 80 percent of the labor force.

In terms of the contribution of the informal sector to GDP it has been "near to the ground." This underscores the economy's low productivity, according to a poverty official, the Coordinator of the Third World Network, Africa, who was interviewed for the Agenda's March 19, 2007 story.

The coordinator observed that it mattered little which government was in power. Policies toward Ghana's informal sector have been "incoherent and...

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