I was intrigued when I saw these numbers!

Even as we jealously fight to maintain and ensure peace on our continent and in Ghana, let’s remember that there are many who actually benefit greatly from wars!

Individuals and countries both! that proclaim support for our peace from one side of the mouth… and supply ammunition’s and fan the flames of conflict mainly to have access to rich deposits! Jeopardizing the future of our children and turning them into criminals…

And did you know that:

‘the economic impact of violence to the global economy was $13.6 trillion in 2015 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP). This is equivalent to $5 per day for every person on the planet, or 11 times the size of global foreign direct investment (FDI)…

The $13.6 trillion of expenditures and losses represent 13.3% of world GDP. To break this figure down, it’s the equivalent of $1,876 for every person on the planet. The numbers refer to the current expenditures and their estimated flow-on effects in 2015.

These numbers are notable for two reasons. Firstly, over 70% of the economic impact of violence accrues from what is mostly government spending on the military and internal security. This shows that significant amounts of government expenditure are tied up to this end. In a perfectly peaceful world, these huge resources could be directed elsewhere.

Secondly, the remaining amount is consequential losses from violence and conflict and these, too, are enormous. They significantly outweigh the international community’s spending on building peace. ‘ – WEF


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