The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has disclosed that the 2024 budget will come out with programmes and initiatives that will deal with the high cost of doing business in the country.
He assured that the budget will also address concerns of “high and many taxes” affecting the private sector.
Mr. Ofori-Atta disclosed this on PM Express Business Edition with host George Wiafe on October 19, 2023.
“It’s very important that looking at where we are as country , everything must be done to support the private sector to help them play a critical role in the recovery of the economy”, he said. “We have met all the interest groups from the private sector and their concerns will definitely be taken on board when it comes to the 2024 budget,” he promised. Mr. Ofori-Atta also announced that the ministry has met all relevant stakeholders and unions.
2024 Budget Presentation
In terms of Focus, the Finance Minister also disclosed that government will be looking at how to get the private sector back “into stable” position.
“This is because government cannot do everything, so the private sector needs to be supported to help managers of the economy, when it comes to job creation”, he added. Ghana’s Financial Administration Act requires Parliament should by December 31 of each financial year should consider and approve the Annual Budget for the ensuing financial year.
However based on this directive the 2024 Budget should then be presented before the end of November 2023. This will afford parliament enough time to scrutinize and deliberate on the budget, before the beginning of the New Year.
Finance Minister also disclosed that the 2024 Budget will be influenced by Post COVID Programme for Economic Growht which is supported the IMF in terms of intiatives aimed at supporting in the recovery of the economy . “We are targeting to present the Budget to parliament by November 15 2023” the Finance Minister disclosed