Thank you for not boycotting my budget – Ofori-Atta to NPP, NDC MPs

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has expressed his appreciation to both sides of parliament for not boycotting his presentation of the 2023 budget.

In his preliminary comments to parliament before going ahead to present the budget on Thursday, 24 November 2022, Mr Ofori-Atta said: “These are very erratic times and on behalf of the president and myself, in particular, I’m eternally grateful, first to the leadership of the NPP and the majority leadership and caucus of this house; and to the minority caucus of the NDC; I thank you on your decision yesterday [Wednesday, 23 November 2022], to participate fully in the process of passing this budget”.

He expressed gratitude to the caucuses for being “mindful” of the “timeliness” of the IMF negotiations and the “crucial role a timely presentation of the 2023 budget” plays “in the advancement of Ghana’s case in the negotiations with the Fund”.

“I thank you”, Mr Ofori-Atta added, stressing: “I wish to assure this house of my strong commitment and unflinching cooperation in our collective efforts to secure an historic IMF programme very soon, a programme that would assist the country in its post-Covid recovery efforts”.

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