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Parliament is expected to conclude debate on the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta last week.

Since Tuesday, Members of Parliament have made contributions to various sub-sectors of the economy.

The introduction of a 1.75 percent levy on electronic transactions, the reversal of Benchmark values, and the scrapping of road tolls have dominated the deliberations on the 2022 budget debate with the majority in favour of the budget and the minority on the other side.

Though there have been public disagreements over some of the taxes introduced in the budget information available to suggests that the budget is set for approval despite the Minority in Parliament initially expressing misgivings about the new taxes introduced in the statement.

Information gathered also suggests that the pre-budget workshop held in Ho last weekend, as well as the debate on the floor, has influenced a softening of the Minority’s stance.

According to reports, the majority had said it will educate the minority in parliament to understand the essence of the budget for them to accept it.

At the commencement of debate on Tuesday, 23 November 2021, Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa stated that the minority will not kowtow to any demands from the government to support the bill.

He said: “Any attempt [to convince] this side to accept this budget will simply not work Mr Speaker”.

“We, on this side, will listen to our constituents; we shall listen to the Ghanaian people and we will re-echo the views, the feelings of the Ghanaian people”, he said.

“Nobody will convince us other than the people of this country, other than the Ghanaians who elected us and brought us to this house”, he added.


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