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Government Announces No Xmas Hampers For 2022 Celebration

The government of Ghana has announced directives to help mitigate the current economic crises Ghana is facing.

Among the major directives geared at arresting the Economic crises is to halt hampers for this year's Christmas celebration.

This was revealed by the finance minister, Hon. Men Ofori - Atta when presenting the 2023 budget at Parliament.

"Mr. Speaker, as a first step toward expenditure rationalisation, Government has approved the following directives which takes effect from January, 2023:

● All MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to Political 

Appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs by 50%. This directive applies 

to all methods of fuel allocation including coupons, electronic cards, chit system, 

and fuel depots. Accordingly, 50% of the previous years (2022) budget allocation 

for fuel shall be earmarked for official business pertaining to MDAs, MMDAs and 

SOEs;

● A ban on the use of V8s/V6s or its equivalent except for cross country travel. All 

government vehicles would be registered with GV green number plates from 

January 2023;

● Limited budgetary allocation for the purchase of vehicles. For the avoidance of 

doubt, purchase of new vehicles shall be restricted to locally assembled vehicles;

● Only essential official foreign travel across government including SOEs shall be 

allowed. No official foreign travel shall be allowed for board members. 

Accordingly, all government institutions should submit a travel plan for the year 

2023 by mid-December of all expected travels to the Chief of Staff;

● As far as possible, meetings and workshops should be done within the official 

environment or government facilities; 

● Government sponsored external training and Staff Development activities at the 

Office of the President, Ministries and SOEs must be put on hold for the 2023 

financial year;

● Reduction of expenditure on appointments including salary freezes together with 

suspension of certain allowances like housing, utilities and clothing, etc.;

● A freeze on new tax waivers for foreign companies and review of tax exemptions 

for free zone, mining, oil and gas companies;

● A hiring freeze for civil and public servants

● No new government agencies shall be established in 2023;

● There shall be no hampers for 2022;

● There shall be no printing of diaries, notepads, calendars and other promotional 

merchandise by MDAs, MMDAs and SOEs for 2024;

● All non-critical project must be suspended for 2023 Financial year"

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