In nine departments of the country, including Risaralda, the Gross Domestic Product grew above the national average, which was 7.3%. La Guajira with -3.2% was the only department that presented negative variation for the year 2022
The National Administrative Department of Statistics (Dane) revealed the results of the departmental Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics for the year 2022, showing that this had a growth in the country of 7.3%, compared to 2021.
According to the study, nine departments (Bogotá DC, Valle del Cauca, Atlántico, Cundinamarca, Bolívar, Risaralda, Norte de Santander, San Andrés y Providencia and Putumayo) grew above the national average, while Guajira with -3, 2% was the only department that presented negative variation for the year 2022.
“Regarding the evaluation of the Gross Domestic Product in real terms, that is, the influence of inflation on values has already been removed, it shows that Risaralda was the fourth department that grew between 2021 and 2022, with 8, 9%, above the national average, which was 7.3%, its growth was above that of Caldas, which was 6.1%, and that of Quindío, which was 6.4%,” said Jhonier Cardona, a specialist in subject.
It was learned that the activities that most marked the growth of the department were the manufacturing industry; commerce, restaurants and hotels; services supported by artistic activities and construction, “This indicates that Risaralda has been one of the departments presenting an important evolution today, but without leaving aside that there was a slowdown, as occurred at the national level, with respect to the growth that it occurred between 2020 and 2021, and that implies that the Colombian economy has been slowing down, decreasing the speed at which GDP grows, and Risaralda does not escape that,” Cardona warned.
Despite the good results, the figures recorded by Dane show that aspects must continue to be worked on in the department, especially in the primary sector, “to highlight that unfortunately the activities of the primary sector in Risaralda did not present growth, but rather negative signs, a drop in agriculture of -2.9% and in the exploitation of mines and quarries -14.2%, this indicates that Risaralda, being a territorial entity with a great productive capacity in its rural area, unfortunately has been presenting values in which no The strength that we have is visualized…this fall means that a large proportion of food that is consumed in our department is already arriving from other departments of the country, having all the potential to produce it”, added the specialist.
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