Mar 05, 2013 at 5:06am
Minister Of Finance Presents 2013 Budget Today
The much expected Government Budget Statement and Economic Policy for 2013 will be presented to parliament this morning

This will spell out government's fiscal policies on expenditures and revenue mobilisation. George Ankrah finds out from Political Party Representatives, Social Policy Analysts, Farmers and Educationists, as well as parents what their expectations are.

First, the CPP General Secretary, Ivor Greenstreet. He said the CPP expects a budget that will create a conducive environment for private sector participation in business, manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The former Deputy Finance Minister under the NPP administration, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, said if government does not come out with a tight budget and cut down on spending as well as seal leakages, the future will be disastrous. He said government should be able to do better in revenue mobilisation than it is doing now.

Meanwhile, a private legal practitioner, Osei Kwadwo Addow, says the budget statement should not merely capture strategic roads but, roads captured by the budget should be constructed to save time of doing business.

A Social Policy Analyst, Dr. William Ahadzi, expects the Budget to be tailored towards the President's Policy Direction. Dr. Ahadzi also expects public expenditure to be directed towards employment and job opportunities for the youth.

The Executive Secretary of the Coalition of Parents of Private Students, Dr. Simon Gbene, asked government to review school fees to enable parents to cope with.

He also expects provisions to be made for infrastructural expansion in schools.

The President of Youth Africa, an Agriculture NGO, Emmanuel Ashigbey, said he expects the Minister of Finance to come out with what the government is going to do to support agriculture production in the country.

For its part, the Deputy Communications Director of the Progressive People's Party, Sam Ampah told Radio Ghana that infrastructure, education, employment and most importantly the energy crisis must be addressed. Mr. Ampah said, government should put in place pragmatic measures to deal with the current energy situation. He spoke to Rita Amparbin-Tetteh.

The 2012 Presidential Candidate for the People's National Convention, PNC, Hassan Ayariga, says today's budget statement must address the current water and electricity problems. He said these are basic necessities that must be provided to relieve the hardship of the people.

TUC says it expects government to be bold to implement the ten percent corporate tax on all mining companies. It will also support the expansion of the tax net to ensure that government revenue improves. This will help the union to negotiate for an increase in workers' salaries.

The Secretary General of the TUC, Kofi Asamoah told Radio Ghana that revenue collection agencies should also work hard to mobilise more revenue for government business.

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