Fixing The Country Movement says it sees the 2020 budget statement as the most empathetic, thought-provoking and forward-looking budget in recent times.
The Movement makes this observation “considering the ravaging effect of Covid-19 even on the economy of the so called super power nations”.
It, therefore, argues that all what the 2020 budget statement delivered on Wednesday, November 17 intends to do is to give pragmatic proposals of solutions of how the country can recover from the shocks of Covid-19.
The Movement is, therefore, calling on Ghanaians to support the Akufo-Addo government to succeed in this endeavour.
All these were contained in a statement issued on Friday, November 19 and signed by Convener Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah.
Find the statement below:
Akufo-Addo is fixing it, lets support him- Fixing The Country Movement
In accordance with Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 21 (3) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016, (Act 921), the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, on behalf of the President laid before Parliament, the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government on Wednesday, 17th November, 2021.
The budget primarily focussed on expanding on Ghana’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as creating a climate-friendly entrepreneurial state to address unemployment and import substitution.
Fixing The Country Movement sees the 2022 Budget statement as the most empathetic, thought-provoking, and forward-looking budgets in recent years against the backdrop of disruption and “pain” imposed on Ghanaians by CoVID-19.
Digitalization of the economy, skills development and entrepreneurship also featured prominently in the presentation.
The government is looking more of stabilisation as about revitalization and transformation.But as usual, the opposition NDC is in their full elements engaging in distortions, cat-calls and propaganda in an attempt to water down the lofty objectives of the government 2022 economic policy.
As a movement, we deems it prudent and prosper to set a few records straight. First of all, the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) is Broad, Equitable, and ultimately Fairer, the kind of tax we all have been advocating for. It must also be viewed against the new tax reliefs for businesses, and increased investment in supporting entrepreneurship through the YouStart initiative.
On the other hand, the YouStart INITIATIVE comes on board as a New Youth Entrepreneurship Programme.
The GHc1 Billion YouStart initiative will provide:
☑Training: Skills Development, Entrepreneurial Support and Business Advisory services;
☑Funding: Access to Competitive Credit and Starter Packs;
☑Enterprise Promotion: Mentoring and Access to Markets including Portals to facilitate “digital linkages” between youth-led enterprises and other businesses and relevant Government agencies.
☑The funding aspect will be structured as follows:i. District Level Loans under 10 000 GHC after 2-3 months of training;
☑Soft loans of up to GH¢50,000 to help start-ups (in particular by young graduates and school leavers) and small businesses to expand;
☑Starter packs (Soft loans tied to equipment acquisition) of up to GH¢50,000 for individuals and GH¢100,000 for associations/groups; andA standardised loan package of between GH¢100,000 to GH¢400,000 at concessional rates for SMEs through financial institutions;
The Ghanaian economy was on a roller-coaster ride throughout the four years under Mahama as twin fiscal and current account deficits undermined confidence in the economy.
Ghana’s fiscal crisis began in 2010 with huge pay rises offered to government employees, without a clear plan to increase government revenues in step.
Between 2010 and 2012, the national wage bill increased 47%, eventually rising to consume more than 70% of tax revenues.
The imposition of a special 17.5% levy on petroleum was potentially more contentious. Wholesale oil prices were reduced on the international markets, but imported inflation on top of an additional tax drove up fuel prices considerably for Ghanaian citizens.
Mahama mismanaged the economy to a point where it had to rely desperately on raising taxes on cutlasses and condoms to generate revenue.
The reality is that we have been going through a big change for the past four and half years, and with each year, it only seems to grow exponentially.
Denial of this does not negate that it has been occurring and will continue to occur. As a country, we must not loose sight of the transformation agenda being rolled out by this president.
Indeed, in the year 2020, Ghana came second in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa.
As a nation, we bagged $2.7billion worth of investment out of which $2.6billion was from FDI.
The FDIs were realized from 271 registered projects in Ghana and it is envisaged that 27,000 direct jobs were created, according to statistics from the Ghana Investment Promotion Center.
President Akufo-Addo is supporting Ghanaian workers by throwing a life line to them.
The country’s wage bill has more than doubled under the last three (5) years. Which is why the Fixing The Country Movement, is by this statement calling on all right thinking Ghanaians to stand by for our maiden match in support of President Akufo-Addo’s resilience in fixing the country.
Let’s join hands and be participants in propagating the success stories of the Akufo-Addo regime.
Long live Ghana!!
Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah
Political Strategist, Convener- Fixing The Country Movement