Ghana’s annual consumer price inflation has hit 18.9 percent in May.

The country’s statistics office said on Wednesday that it represented a marginal increase of 0.2 percent from April’s 18.7 percent.

The West African country is implementing a three-year aid programme with the International Monetary Fund to remedy fiscal problems including inflation persistently above government targets.

Annual inflation in Ghana eased to 18.7 percent in April from 19.2 percent in March, due to slower rise in cost of housing and utilities, food and transport.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 1.4 percent, following a 1.7 percent increase in the previous month.