Nationwide public education on the need for the introduction of the controversial e-levy begins today Thursday January 20, 2022 says the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta.
He says government officials will from tomorrow, take public education to the people.
The minister explained that the public will be informed on the numerous policies and programmes the government intends to use the revenue accrued from the levy for.
Addressing a news conference, the Finance Minister noted the government is convinced about the need for the e-levy and how it encapsulates the idea of burden-sharing for Ghana’s development.
He stated that “A team comprising myself, colleague Ministers and other key members of government will embark on a public engagement and sensitisation campaign across the country. We intend to communicate clearly on the proposed mechanics of the e-levy, its potential benefits to the people of Ghana within the spirit of burden-sharing that must guide us in our development efforts as we move Ghana Beyond Aid.”
He observed that some preliminary public engagements done show that most people are not against the e-levy but only want accountability on the use of the money.
Touching on what the government intends to use the money, Mr. Ofori-Atta said govenment is to “use the money to create jobs, grow our private sector to employ more of our youth, accelerate the digitalization agenda to bring more convenience to Ghanaians, enhance the security of our digital platforms, aggressively expand our road infrastructure agenda, reduce our dependence on debt and reduce the crowding out of the private sector to improve access to credit.”
He was full of praise to the telecommunication companies for announcing their resolve to reduce their 1% transaction charges on money transfers.
“True to the spirit of burden sharing, the Telcos have agreed to reduce their charges by 0.25% to reduce the overall net impact of the levy on subscribers. We want to take this opportunity to thank our friends in the Telecom Industry and we believe that by this measure, we can raise the requisite resources to bolster our fiscal position while keeping an eye on transaction costs and consumer welfare and reducing the impact on the average Ghanaian and keeping the resources required for our growth agenda.”
By Vincent Kubi