Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has told parliament that the government is introducing a new domestic programme to support the Ghana Cares programme.
The move he explained forms part of the efforts to deal with the economic hardships Ghanaians are going through.
Presenting the mid-year budget review in Parliament on Monday, July 25, the Finance Minister stated that Ghanaian citizens are experiencing hardship due to the impact of the warfare between Russia and Ukraine as well as Covid.
“Towards 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine, a situation that worsened the already weakened global supply chain exacerbated by high conditions.
“These have had a debilitating toll on the cost and standard of living of our people. Mr Speaker, food prices are rising, fuel and transport fares are up, the cost of borrowing for businesses and for households has increased, the cedi has depreciated and the economic outlook has dipped significantly.”
“The state of affairs is quite a painful one for me to report to you, it is hard to see our people lament about the prices of basic commodities, these are difficult times for government and indeed, for the Finance Minister.”
The government will introduce an “enhanced domestics programme to complement the Ghana cares.”
The GhanaCARES “Obaatanpa” programme provides a mechanism to consolidate private sector investment into productive sectors of the economy.