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06.08.2013 Business & Finance

Advocacy programme on Budgets opens in Accra

By Daily Graphic
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A two-day advocacy programme on the 2013 budget statement and the expectations for 2014, opens in Accra today, August 6, 2013.

The forum is being organised by the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ), with support from Star Ghana.

The forum is to afford civil society organisations (CSO), stakeholders and the media the opportunity to provide inputs in addressing Ghana's economic challenges, assess the government's adopted approach in managing challenges and offer suggestion on the way forward for the 2014 fiscal year.

A former Minister of Finance, Dr Kwesi Botchway, will officially open the forum, which will take place at the British Council Hall.

The theme for the forum is, "Tracking the Performance of the 2013 Budget and Expectations for 2014."

Ten thematic areas which include the fiscal and current account deficits, issues pertaining to the health sector, employment generation, infrastructure developments and the role of agriculture in the socio-economic development of the country will be discussed.

Other areas are the various projects to be undertaken under the public private partnership, the current system of education, issues on sustainable energy and social protection.

In March, this year, IFEJ organised a four-day advocacy programme for some members of Parliament a week after the 2013 Budget Statement and Economic Policy had been presented by the Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terpker, to Parliament.

This was followed by a two-day forum in Kumasi for journalists and other stakeholders in the Northern sector — Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions.

The event is to kick-start the debate and discussion for the 2014 Budget Statement and collate views in order to help the government come up with a meaningful budget that would be owned by all.

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