Negotiations on E-levy haven’t collapsed – Office of Vice President

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta

Claims that negotiations on the E-levy proposal have fallen are unfortunate, an Economic Policy Analyst at the Office of the Vice President, Dr Kabiru Mahama, has said.

He said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday December 11 with host Dzifa Bampoh that negotiations are ongoing on the policy proposal to ensure it is implemented.

His comments come after Bongo Lawmaker Edward Bawa said to the effect that negotiations on the introduction of the e-levy have collapsed.

“Negotiations have collapsed,” Edward Bawa said.

He further questioned the Akufo-Addo administration’s decision of introducing more taxes when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) condemned the Mahama administration for making similar decisions.

But Dr Kabiru disagreed saying “From the government’s view, negotiations haven’t collapsed,” he said on the Key Points on TV3/3FM with host Dzifa Bampoh on Saturday December 11.

He further stated that the position of the Minority on the e-levy is not the position of Ghanaians government.

“It is quite unfortunate to state that consultations have collapsed,” he said.

The Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta had said at a press conference earlier that consultation were ongoing on the proposal.

He said “On the matter of the E-levy, having regard to its serious fiscal implications, we will continue our consultations with the Minority Caucus in Parliament and other relevant stakeholders, with a view to achieving consensus and reverting to the House in the shortest possible time.

“We  are determined to enhance domestic revenue mobilisation, the presence of our proposal on the E-Levy  is to widen the tax net and generate the required revenue to support entrepreneurship, youth employment to build our infrastructure especially roads and reduce our debts,” he said.

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“Let me emphasise that the E-levy represents our greatest opportunity to in the medium-term widen the tax  base and meet the tax to GDP ratio of 20% as pertains among our peers.”

Meanwhile the e-levy was absent from the business statement for next week after Deputy Majority Speaker did not mention it in the House on Friday December 10.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana