Finance and Economic Planning minister, Mr. Seth Terkper, is presenting government’s 2014 budget and financial statement to Parliament.
The government has christened the budget a transformational one designed to generate growth and create jobs.
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As a result of sound economic policies GDP has doubled in nominal terms
Positive growth rates for all sub sectors have been achieved
Ghana is among three African countries that have attracted the highest foreign direct investments; our record reflects the high investor confidence in the economy.
In August the bond issue was over subscribed.
Government is pursing accelerated development targets.
This is a truly transformational budget which highlights policies that will create jobs and expand the economy.
Single Spine Salary Structure (SSS) imposing severe strain on the economy but government, employers and organized labour are continuing negotiations
We believe we are of one mind and therefore we are determined public sector wages will not put strain on budget.
To demonstrate leadership, the president, his vice and appointees, and ministers have decided to take a voluntary 10% pay cut in 2014.
The amount to be deducted will be channeled to maternal health.
Last week Parliament passed a new VAT Act that increases the rate to 15 per cent which includes the 2.5 NHIL.
In addition to stabilising the economy, the 2.5 VAT will be applied to expanding infrastruture.
Amendments to be approved by the House:
Special import levy should close in 2014 instead of 2015
Agric and fishing imputs should be exempt from special levies, medical supplies including condoms.
Dedication of VAT to infrastructural development should pass through the normal appropriation process.
President is committed to enhancing the living standards of the people by creating decent jobs for them.
The president is working to enhance transparent governnance.
Consistent with the media term objective, government is targeting a growth rate of 8 per cent for the year.
The performance of the global economy remained low for the first half of 2013. The impact of global economy on the local economy diverse.
Happenings in the middle impacts the oil prices in the country.
Provisional real GDP rate for 2013, according to the Ghana Sattistical Service is 7.4 per cent, a little less than the projected 8 per cent.