Fees and charges for government services will increase by 15%

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Economic news for Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Parliament of Ghana

Government services to increase

Parliament approves legal support for Fees and Charges Bill

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The parliament of Ghana has approved the Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Provisions Bill 2022.

According to a Citi News report, the approval will provide legal basis for the request for a 15% charge to be imposed on government fees and service charges.

A deputy finance minister, Abena Osei-Asare, during the second reading of the bill in parliament, explained that the increase would ensure that the price regime for government services matches current price trends.

The Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Provisions Bill 2022 is expected to apply to major government services.

These included; vehicle registration and licensing by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA); issuance of passports by the Passport Office; issuance of birth and death certificates by the Birth and Death Registry, among others.

The royalties, which will be applied to these public services, will be subject to an annual adjustment according to the average rate of inflation of the country with the agreement of the Minister of Finance.

Before the bill was approved, government agencies made proposals and negotiated with the Ministry of Finance to get their fees approved.

The government, for its part, believes that the passage of the bill will help improve domestic revenue mobilization.

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