Thoroughly analyze 2017 budget - Majority leader to MPs

Thoroughly analyze 2017 budget - Majority leader to MPs

Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the majority leader has tasked members of parliament to thoroughly review the 2017 Budget before it is brought before the House for approval.

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He was speaking at a post-budget reading conference when he expressed optimism that the gathering will provide the MPs with the necessary tools to effectively analyse the budget.

Scrutinize the budget thoroughly- Majority leader

Ken Offori-Atta presenting the budget to parliament

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He said, "While may not all agree on matters contained in the Budget, there is no doubt at all that the budget has broken new grounds, never before seen. Profoundly innovative programmes and policies have been introduced in the budget. The devil however as they say is in the details. This post Budget workshop has become part of our annual parliamentary calendar, therefore seeks to equip Honourable Members and staff of parliament with the necessary skills, competent and insight into the budget so as to enable the House and its committees to thoroughly interrogate the budget and its underlying policies and also to position Honourable members to conduct oversight functions in the various sectors of the economy."

On March 2, Ken Offori-Atta, the finance minister presented the 2017 budget to parliament, which outlined the projects and policies the new government hope to implement this year.

Among the projects named was the flagship policy of NPP's 2016 campaign, the Free SHS policy as well as a number of economic management policies.

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Additionally, seven tax reforms were expected to be implemented, including the scraping of market tolls on 'Kayayei' and the removal import duties on spare parts.

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