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2024 Elections; NPP Flagbearer, GUTA hold fruitful engagement | As Identifiable Group Committee Thanks GUTA

6, 4, 2024

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The Flagbearer of the NPP, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia  and the Ghana Union of Traders' Association (GUTA) have  held discussions in Accra,  on the proposed policies and vision of the NPP Flagbearer. 

The meeting, held in Accra Friday afternoon, was interactive, open and frank, with representatives of the over 80 traders associations under GUTA present.

GUTA President Dr. Joseph Obeng Darko, opened the forum, before inviting his members to the floor, to share their concerns and also  make  suggestions about their sector to Dr. Bawumia and his team. 

Dr. Bawumia relaxed protocols and allowed  many GUTA members, to freely interact with him in a very friendly manner. 

The GUTA President started by commending Dr. Bawumia, on behalf of the union, for his proposed tax reforms, which includes proposals to grant tax amnesty to businesses and individuals, as a foundation for the new flat tax rate the NPP Flagbearer plans to introduce under his Presidency in 2025, should he win the Presidemtial election. 

"We agree with your flat tax proposal because it will simplify things  for us and our businesses,"  said the GUTA President. 

"The reason why we like the tax amnesty and flat tax rate  policy is that if you give us the amnesty and the flat tax rate, it will help our businesses. It means that we are going to do the right thing, which will be benchmarked against the next 5 years as you have proposed,' added the GUTA President. 

The GUTA President reiterated the concerns of businesses and traders on harassment by tax officials as a result of the present tax system, which Dr. Bawumia has promised to overhaul. 

After that, he raised a number of other concerns,  and also made some suggestions to Dr. Bawumia, to consider,  as part of his policies for the business community. 

Several members of GUTA, from the various regions who got the opportunity to speak, also embraced Dr. Bawumia's tax reforms, especially the flat rate and the tax amnesty, and also echoed the concerns earlier  expressed by their national President

DR. BAWUMIA'S RESPONSE

The NPP Flagbearer responded to every question and suggestion made by GUTA, assuring them that creating a conducive environment for their businesses to thrive   is of utmost concern and priority to him, hence his well-thought-through tax reforms proposals. 

"My major goal is to make Ghana  one of the most business friendly economies in the world," Dr. Bawumia told the GUTA members. 

"My government will be a business-centred government. I want, thus, to move quiet a number of government expenditure to the private sector. When this happens, government's expenditure will reduce and the private sector will also thrive. "

Dr. Bawumia noted that one of the biggest problems Ghanaian businesses face, is the present  complex tax system, which, he said,  businesses don't understand, and also breeds non-compliance of tax obligations and corruption. 

"You find it even very difficult to calculate what you owe. You are only told what you owe, without  really knowing how it happened," he said. 

"In trying to find solution to this, I went to Estonia, one of the most business friendly countries in the world, to study their tax system and I discovered that the key for them is the flat rate tax system they have, which is clear, transparent and with a very high compliant rate."

"This is what I want to introduce in Ghana, to make Ghana a business-friendly country and one of the most business-friendly nations in the world."

Dr. Bawumia explained further that the proposed tax amnesty is aimed at giving businesses and individuals who owe tax for some time now, a clean slate before the tax system is introduced.

"Many of these unpaid debts are as a result of legacy problems we have with our existing tax system. We want everyone to start afresh so the tax amnesty will ensure everyone starts on a clean slate in 2025, by the grace of God, and then the flat tax rate will apply."


Dr. Bawumia also explained other policies he has proposed, which he said are aimed at reducing the cost of doing business in Ghana.

He spoke on reviewing VAT, benchmarking Ghana's port charges with Togo to ensure parity to avoid smuggling, as well as the proposal for flat rate import duties on containers, to avoid fluctuations of import charges. 

Since his major policy address in February, Dr. Bawumia has been meeting key stakeholders of different sectors to explain his policies to them and also seek their inputs as organized by the identifiable group committee led by 

Hon. Joseph Cudjoe (MP) & Minister For Public Enterprises - been the Chair and 

Mr.Alfred Thompson-Member

Mr. Samuel Aning-Member

Dr. Steve Poku Kwarteng-Member

Dr. Frank Bannor-Member

Dr. Michael Kyeremateng-Member

Mr. Andrews Kwesi Frimpong-Member

Lawyer Paul Sarbeng-Member

Dr. Kwesi Baafi-Member

Mr. Emmanuel Asamoah-Member

Miss. Olive Antwi-Dadzie-Member

Mrs. Givens Moko Manu- Member

Miss. Oheneba Nana Serwaa- Member

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