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Government revises 2023 appropriation downwards to ¢206bn – Ofori-Atta



The government was revised its 2023 appropriation to ¢206.0 billion, from ¢227.7 billion as presented and approved in November 2022.

This is in line with Regulations 24 sub-regulation (3) of Public Financial Management Act Regulations 2019 (L.I. 2378).

The downward adjustment in appropriation is due to the lower domestic interest payment and amortization, following the completion of a part of the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme (DDEP), and the reduction in the foreign financed capital expenditure.

According to Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, this is to balance revenue with expenditure.

“For the first six months of the year, we continue making progress to exceed our non-oil revenue targets for the year. We have seen improvements in non-oil tax revenue collection despite some noticeable shortfalls in VAT. However, oil revenues have fallen short of expectations due to changes in global prices. We will, therefore, undertake a downward review of the oil-related revenue as well as the corresponding expenditures to align with the underperformance of some of our revenue handles”, he mentioned in Parliament when presenting the 2023 Mid-Year Budget Review”.

“Specifically, this will impact the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA)”, he added.

Government committed to pursuing robust growth

Continuing, Mr. Ofori-Atta said the government is, however, committed to pursuing a robust growth strategy within the limited fiscal space and our fiscal consolidation programme.

This, he said, will be done by attracting domestic and foreign private sector investments and expanding production, which will be encouraged and stimulated by government policies and agencies. He mentioned that the Government’s Mutual Prosperity Dialogue with the private sector, will seek to facilitate the ease of doing business in order to crowd-in private domestic and foreign investments

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