2017 budget: NDC is frightened we can deliver on our promises- Akoto-Osei

2017 budget: NDC is frightened we can deliver on our promises- Akoto-Osei

Dr Anthony Akoto-Osei, the minister for Monitoring and Evaluation has said that the opposition National Democratic Congress are frightened by the policies and projects outlined in the 2017 budget.

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Dr Akoto-Osei was speaking to Class FM, when he said, "I think they are frightened that we are able to deliver on our promises. The budget has frightened them. How we are able to do it is the difference between us and them."

2017 budget: NDC frightened- Akoto-Osei

A section of the minority during the budget reading

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On Thursday, March 2, Ken Offori-Atta presented the 2017 budget before parliament, outlining various policies to implemented as well as the tax reforms that will be enforced.

Among the tax reforms are the scrapping of the 1% Special Import Levy, Kayayei Market Tolls, 17.5% VAT/NHIL on financial services, 17.5 % VAT/NHIL on selected imported medicines, that are not produced locally and duty on imported Spare parts.

However, the minority have expressed their doubts about the feasibility of the projects named in the budget, describing the budget as deceptive and populist.

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Dr Akoto-Osei debunked these claims, stating the opposition is just stunned by the government's ability to fulfill its promises.

He remarked that the budget is proof of the difference in style of economic management between the new government and the opposition.

"They know they have sent the country into a bad state and they don’t think we could come out of it. But we have been innovative enough, we are implementing our promises and the economy is going to be back on growth path," he added.

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