Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, is appealing for parliamentary support, particularly from the minority, to endorse revenue bills in the 2024 budget.
He is cautioning against a recurrence of delays similar to those experienced with the passage of the Electronic Transactions Levy.
The contentious levy resulted in the rejection of the 2022 budget by the house, under the leadership of Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin. In his absence, First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu overturned the rejection.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the Post Budget Workshop in Parliament, Ken Ofori-Atta urged the minority to avoid a replication of the E-levy situation, emphasizing the importance of considering the country’s current circumstances.
Ofori-Atta specified that the government aims to generate 0.9% of GDP through the revenue bills set to be presented for approval.