No budget overruns this election year – Minister

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Aug. 24, GNA – Government is committed
to ensure that there are no budget overruns this election year, Cassiel Ato
Forson, Deputy Minister of Finance has said.

He said government is determined to sustain
fiscal discipline while investing prudently in infrastructure and social
development.

Mr Forson was speaking at the stakeholders’
consultation workshop on the 2017 budget in Accra.

The workshop was to solicit inputs from
stakeholders in the planning, formulating, implementing, monitoring and
evaluation of the national budget.

He said governance is a joint responsibility
and therefore, it is only through such and constructive engagements processes
that the government could move the country forward.

He said to advance budget transparency, Ghana
has signed on to the open budget initiative to promote transparency and
accountability in budget management, towards ensuring citizens participation.

He said for better budget transparency and
accountability, the stakeholder consultation process has become one of the
relevant approaches to improving good governance and proper accountability to
the citizenry.

The Minister said in line with the provisions
in the 1992 Constitution, 2016 being an election year, the full budget would
not be presented to Parliament in November.

“This is to allow, whoever, emerges as the
winner of the 2016 elections and also the incoming Parliament to approve the
budget they would be overseeing,” he added.

He said as a result, government would seek
Parliamentary approval for expenditure in advance of appropriation for the
first quarter of 2017 only to be able to run government machinery.

Various civil society organisations presented
their inputs to be added on to the 2017 budget.

GNA

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