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Gov’t pledges to shield general public purse – Ofori-Atta

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Government has pleaded with Ghanaians to pay out their taxes, promising to defend the community purse.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, designed the pledge on Friday, May perhaps 10, in Accra.

Mr. Ofori-Atta was talking at an Economic Discussion board structured by the Danquah Institute (DI).

The forum held at the Ghana College of Doctors and Surgeons targeted on how to bridge the tax hole amongst the official and casual sectors in get to accomplish the Ghana Past Aid Agenda.

He mentioned, “whiles we plead with Ghanaians to reply to their civic responsibilities by shelling out their taxes, we want to assure you that my workers at the Ministry of Finance and I, will shield the community purse with uncompromising bravery, integrity, fortitude and really like for the country.”

According to him, “over the past two and a 50 percent decades, we have reviewed contracts and saved the country hundreds of millions of Ghana Cedis in the system.”

He extra that “we are scrutinising contracts far better and negotiating improved much too.”

Also, he pointed out, “it is worthy of restating that the Community Procurement Authority has been capable to help save about GH¢2 billion in two a long time.”

Not a one pesewa, he said was saved by the PPA for the duration of a comparable interval below the previous authorities.

The Minister spelled out that domestic income selection has seen a major increase from 11% (¢24,283.5 million) of GDP in 2016 to 13% in 2019 (¢45,270.2).

He added “yet, this has been reached soon after abolishing some 17 nuisance taxes. The decision previous thirty day period to cut down obligations on imports, might be viewed as denying the point out much essential income.”

Government Director of Danquah Institute, Edward Asomani, urged Ghanaians to maintain the Governing administration of President Nana Akufo-Addo to account.

He mentioned, “let us, by all implies, maintain this federal government to a greater typical and desire far more but allow us not do it as spectators.”

According to him, “as traders, we will desire additional accountability and authorities will be far more responsive.”

He additional that “we have elected our leaders not by the selection of boots they have matched but by the existence of intellect to set region initially even at terrific individual charge.”





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