No show on E-levy as Parliament of Ghana reconvenes

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The much talked about Electronic Transaction Levy (E-Levy) Bill, which is high on the Government’s agenda, is not before Parliament for consideration when the House reconvened on Tuesday.

This goes contrary to earlier indications by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta that the Bill, which proposes 1.75 per cent charge on electronic transactions, would be presented to Parliament for further deliberations when the House resumes.

However, checks on the day’s business of the House shows the E-levy is missing from the Order Paper.

Mr Ahmed Ibrahim, the Deputy Minority Whip, speaking to the media, said the E-levy Bill was not before the House for consideration contrary to claims by the Finance Minister that it would be presented on the Floor on Tuesday.

He said government was still holding series of stakeholder engagements on it before presenting to Parliament.

“Let me state that the controversial E-levy….is not on the business statement or agenda of Parliament for this week…If there would be any discussion on it at all, it will be next week,” he added.

He added that the Finance Minister would decide on whether or not the proposed 1.75 per cent would be reduced or maintained after the consultations.

Mr Ibrahim said the consultations should have been done earlier to forestall all the chaos that characterised the First Session of the Eight Parliament.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Government should just cancel the E-Levy because we have to start keeping monies in our rooms and carrying money to trade should it be implemented.
    this will rather motivate armed robbers to attack the citizens. parliament should relook at it and stop the implementation with the notice as to reduce it or maintain it.

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