Public officials banned from non-essential foreign travels

Public officials including ministers of state have been banned from embarking on non-essential foreign travels.

A letter dated November 16 and written by Chief of Staff Julius Debrah acknowledged the “serious impact” frequent travels abroad by public officials are having on government finances.

“To arrest the situation all Hon. Ministers are reminded to restrict foreign travels in their sectors to mandatory international assignments only,” the letter directs.

“All non-essential travels are to be stopped. Hon. Ministers are also entreated to travel by Business Class and not first class, as stated in the letter.”

This directive comes on the back of efforts by government to manage spending and cut down on waste.

Christmas hampers have, for instance, been banned from being shared by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).


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