This Week in Parliament [21-24 November, 2017]

Highlights of what MPs discussed 21-24 November, 2017

  • Debate of Budget 2018 Commences

Parliament has started debating the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of Government for 2018. The various, relevant committees of Parliament will debate sector specific estimates subsequent to this general debate.

To kickstart the debate, Professor Gyan-Baffour (MP, Wenchi) applauded government’s initiatives on social development, and emphasized what the budget seeks to achieve next year.

On his part, the ranking member for the Committee on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson (MP, Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam) said the budget was ‘empty’, with revised figures from previous year’s budget. He cast doubt on government’s ability to fully execute the allocation of GH¢6 billion to its administrative work, a 50% increase from GH¢4 billion last year. He also questioned the 16.3% gross domestic product presented in the budget.

  • Report abuses at embassies and diplomatic missions

The Committee on Foreign Affairs has spoken against allegations of unfair treatment meted out to Ghanaian visa applicants by staff of foreign embassies and diplomatic missions in Ghana. In a press conference on Friday, the Chairperson of the committee, Frank Annor-Dompreh (MP, Nsawam Adoagyiri) appealed to Ghanaians who have gone through this experience to file a report on such incidences with the clerk of the committee at Parliament House. He added that Ghana is a sovereign nation whose citizens should be treated with dignity and respect when they visit these foreign missions in the country. The call is pursuant to a directive by the Speaker of Parliament to the committee to investigate these allegations.

Ranking Member of the committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (MP, North Tongu) reiterated the point about Ghana’s sovereignty, which should be respected by embassies and diplomatic missions in the country.
The committee is calling on members of the public who have gone through this experience personally to submit information, including suggestions or recommendations no later than 8th December 2017 to the following address:

The Clerk Committee on Foreign Affairs
Parliament of Ghana
Accra.

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