The introduction of a new calculation model for the national economies of developing countries is proceeding in Africa. The model was developed in a research and development project coordinated by Professor Jukka Pirttilä from the University of Tampere.
Ghana was the first African nation to introduce the calculation model when the GHAMOD application, which is a part of the SOUTHMOD project, was published in Accra, the capital of Ghana in May. The model has previously been introduced in Ecuador.
Professor of Economics Jukka Pirttilä coordinates the compilation of the SOUTHMOD microsimulation model in an international project whose partners include UNU-WIDER (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research), the University of Essex from the United Kingdom and SASPRI, the Southern African Social Policy Research Institute from South Africa.
The publication of the GHAMOD application tailored for Ghana started a series of educational events where local professionals are instructed on the use of the new calculation model. About twenty-five professionals from the Ministry of Finance, National Development Planning Commission and Ghana Statistical Service attended the first event.
“We got the impression that the model was eagerly welcomed and what matters now is how active and broad the user group will become. UNU-WIDER will continue to support, update and analyse the model. The next event will be a project meeting for the whole SOUTHMOD project in Maputo, Mozambique in early July,” Pirttilä says.
The SOUTHMOD microsimulation model will help developing countries to plan their national economy and to estimate the costs and benefits of taxation and income transfer.
The first countries to apply the model include Ghana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia in Africa, Ecuador in South America and Vietnam in Asia.