Alan to present 2021 budget as Ofori-Atta continues COVID treatment

Alan Kyeremanten

President Akufo-Addo has directed the Trades Minister, Alan Kyerematen, to present the government’s budget statement for 2021.

The Trade minister-designate will act on behalf of the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, who is unwell and receiving treatment.

Mr Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister during the first term of the President, has been treating COVID-19 complications in the United States since February 14, 2021.

“After recovering from COVID-19 last December, Ofori-Atta has had medical complications, which doctors advise require further interventions not currently available in Ghana,” according to a statement announcing his departure to the US.

The 62-year-old was scheduled to appear before the Appointments Committee on February 18, 2021, for his vetting.

But due to his ill-health, his vetting was postponed until his return.

Some issues expected to dominate his vetting include Ghana’s increasing debt stock and the controversial Agyapa royalties deal.

 

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