Parliament has unanimously approved Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta’s appointment as the Finance Minister in the second term of President Akufo-Addo’s government following a recommendation of the Appointments Committee.
He appeared before the Appointments Committee on Thursday, 25th March and Friday, 26th March 2021, to answer questions relating to the status of the government’s transformational agenda which sought among other things; to move Ghana Beyond Aid and GH¢100 billion Ghana CARES (Obaatanpa) Programme; a post-Covid-19 economic recovery programme which seeks to stabilise, revitalise, transform the economy and create jobs.
Other questions he responded to, were the introduction of new taxes, plans to sustain the cocoa industry and the management of the petroleum revenue.
Mr Ofori-Atta told the Committee that the new taxes were meant to address environmental pollution, improve the energy sector to support industrialisation, pay for the cost of the financial sector clean-up, amongst others.
He was confident that Ghana CARES (Obaatanpa) Programme would not only revitalise the economy but also drive the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’, agenda.
Eva Frempon-Ntiamoah, ISD