The Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanteng, barring any last minute changes, will be delivering the 2021 Government Budget Statement to Parliament on the 12th of March 2021, sources close to the Presidency have told Asaase News.
The Trade Minister-designate was vetted by Parliament’s Appointment Committee on the 26th of February 2021 and has since been approved by the House.
He together with his other colleague Ministers are expected to be sworn into office soon by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Traditionally, it is the Minister for Finance who does the presentation of the annual budget statement on behalf of the ruling government.
However, Ken Ofori-Atta, who is the Minister-for-Finance-designate, is yet to be vetted by Parliament’s Appointment Committee because, he is currently in Minnesota, USA, undergoing treatment for post COVID-19 complications.
Information available to Asaase News indicate that though Ken Ofori-Atta is responding to treatment, his doctors have requested to observe his recovery for another two weeks.
Our source also confirmed Mr. Ofori-Atta has been participating, via the Microsoft Teams platform, in all the ongoing preparatory work ahead of the budget presentation to Parliament.
Ahead of the budget presentation, Cabinet is expected to meet for a final deliberation on the 2021 budget and the Finance Minister-designate will indeed be leading the discussion.
The Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta left Ghana for the United States on Sunday 14th of February 2021. The Ministry of Finance in a press statement explained that Mr. Ofori-Atta, was traveling to the United States of America for treatment following complications after recovering from COVID-19.
Mr. Ofori-Atta is said to have recovered from the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 last December and has since had some medical complications.
“After recovering from COVID-19 last December, Mr. Ofori-Atta has had medical complications which doctors advise, require further interventions not currently available in Ghana,” the statement from the Ministry said.
The Finance Minister designate was expected to be vetted by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Monday the 8th of March 2021. In light of his unavailability in the country, the date for his vetting will certainly have to be rescheduled.