Government Officials to Start Raising Public Awareness on e-Direct Debit Today – Ofori-Atta

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said government officials will start from today, Thursday January 20, 2022, nationwide public awareness on the need to introduce the controversial electronic direct debit.

According to him, officials, including himself, will personally engage citizens on the many policies and programs for which the government will use the revenue generated from the tax.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, he said the government is convinced of the need for the e-tax and how it encapsulates the idea of ​​burden sharing for Ghana’s development .

“Starting Thursday, a team comprising myself, fellow ministers and other key members of government will embark on a campaign of public engagement and awareness across the country. We intend to communicate clearly on the proposed mechanisms of the eTax, its potential benefits to the people of Ghana in the spirit of burden sharing which must guide us in our development efforts as we move beyond the aid to Ghana,” he said.

Mr. Ofori-Atta further pointed out that some preliminary public commitments show that many people are not against electronic debit, but only want to report on the use of the money.

He therefore emphasized that the government intends “to use the money to create jobs, develop our private sector to employ more of our youth, accelerate the digitization program to bring more convenience to Ghanaians, strengthen security of our digital platforms, aggressively expand our road infrastructure program, reduce our dependence on debt and reduce crowding out of the private sector to improve access to credit.

He praised telecommunications companies for announcing their resolution to reduce their transaction fees by 1% on money transfers.

“In keeping with the spirit of burden sharing, the Telcos have agreed to reduce their charges by 0.25% to reduce the overall net impact of the charge on subscribers. We want to take this opportunity to thank our friends in the telecommunications industry and we believe that through this measure we can raise the necessary resources to strengthen our fiscal position while keeping an eye on transaction costs and welfare. consumers and reducing the impact on the Ghanaian average and maintaining the resources necessary for our growth program.

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