Finance Minister Presents 2021 First Quarter Budget

Ken Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to present to Parliament the Expenditure in Advance of Appropriation for the first quarter of 2021.

The Chairman of the Business Committee, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who is also the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, indicated that this would be done on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

Speaking during the presentation of the explanatory memorandum on the Business Statement on Friday, the Majority Leader said the House would also consider the report of the Finance Committee on the Expenditure in Advance of Appropriation on the same day.

When the report is adopted by the House, it would enable the Finance Minister to withdraw money from the Consolidated Fund for the purpose of meeting expenditure necessary to carry on the services of the government until the expiration of 30 days from the beginning of a financial year, in the face of the general election.

The House is in its third and final meeting running for five weeks, and the programme is packed with activities, and the House has programmed to sit Mondays, and sittings may also be extended beyond the 2:00pm as stipulated in Order 40(2), to enable the completion of scheduled business for each day of the week under consideration.

Some of the highlights include committee reports, motions and legislative work; and the Majority Leader said the Speaker, in pursuant to Order 70(2), may permit Ministers of State to make statements of government policy.

By Ernest Kofi Adu, Parliament House