Dr. George Domfe: Ghana’s 2023 Budget- Discussions Should Not Be Emotional
Discussions following the 2023 budget reading has been heated with some sectors describing it as not pro-poor. However, research fellow at the center for social policy studies at the university of Ghana, Dr. George Domfe has called for such discussion to be based on facts and not emotions.
The budget according to him, showed an improved economy that considered the perspective of all Ghanaians. Dr. George Domfe in a telephone interview on the AmClub’s news review segment. According to him the budget was one that took into consideration the future of Ghana.
“When we are talking, we have to situate our discussion based on current happenings. We don’t have to be too emotional. As an economist I will look at the budget and call it pro-poor.”
He pushed for taxation of the informal sector. He pointed out that many in the informal sector were untaxed if care was not taken, the economy could potentially break down.
“Taxes have to go up. So many people work in this country but because we describe them as poor, they do not pay taxes. The budget will help the economy recover immediately.”
Reginald Boateng, programs coordinator, school for international training however reiterated his earlier stance that Ghanaians were not happy with the new budget. According to him, the perspectives of Ghanaians were not taken into consideration.
“Ghanaians do not have a problem with paying taxes, the problem is are they reflecting? Because it is not reflecting we will complain”
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