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NPP Government 2017 budget will be business friendly - Finance minister

The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta said the promises made by President Nana Akufo-Addo during his State of the Nation Address will be implemented by the 2017 budget.

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Minister of Finance; Ken Ofori Atta

The Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta has said that the 2017 budget will be made up of policies to help develop businesses in Ghana.

In an interview with Accra-based Joy FM, Ofori-Atta said the promises made by President Nana Akufo-Addo during his State of the Nation Address will be implemented.

He said that the 2017 budget will also improve the business environment for more investors.

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"We would create something that would create relief and ensure that our education and nurses are taken care of," he said.

Many have argued that the NPP government may struggle to implement its manifesto promises because of the rising public debt of GHC122 billion and a double-digit budget deficit the new administration inherited.

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But Ofori-Atta said that Ghanaians would be "impressed with the kind of solutions" that "government may have found within the short time."

"At least there would be a commitment to continue, transparency, and hard work" to make sure the nation grows to be better.

President Akufo-Addo says the government would fund the cost of public senior high schools (SHS) for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.

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He explained that by free SHS there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees and no utility fees.

Although there have been several debates about the funding of the programme, Mr Ofori-Atta said the free SHS policy would go ahead as planned and "we would find the resources for it.

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