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2018 Budget: Ken to request approval for GH¢60.8bn as total expenditure

The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, will on Wednesday request Parliament to grant him the authority to expend some GH¢60.8 billion next year on key projects that will help stimulate growth and set the agenda for economic transformation.

The amount represents a 8.7 per cent growth over this year’s total expenditure, which was revised down to GH¢55.9 billion in June on the back of a 14.9 per cent decline in revenues within the first half.

Sources familiar with the budget stated that the minister believes the GH¢60.8 billion is enough to help anchor the stability in the economy and get it to grow above seven per cent next year.

A large portion of next year’s total expenditure will be committed to the social sector, where new projects such as the Free Senior High School (SHS) and restoration of the nursing and teacher trainee allowances are gaining currency.

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