The 5th E-levy Townhall meeting will be held in Ho by the government: The Volta Region will host the government’s next Townhall gathering to debate the Electronic Transaction Levy (E-levy).
The Information Ministry’s 5th Townhall meeting is set for 1 p.m. on Friday, March 4. It will be hosted in the Freedom Hotel’s Conference Hall in Ho.
Ken Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister, will be the main speaker during the gathering.
Also attending will be Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Volta Regional Minister Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Railway Development Minister John Peter-Amewu, CEO of Bui Power Authority Samuel Kofi Ahiave Dzamesi, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), Pius Enam Hadzide.
Four Townhall meetings have already taken place in the regional capitals of the Western, Eastern, Northern, and Upper West.
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, the Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salim, and the Deputy Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Issahaku Hamidu, all spoke to locals in the Upper West Region on the importance of supporting the levy’s implementation.
The government has been educating Ghanaians about the necessity to accept the fee since last year. The government claims that in order to create adequate cash for growth, the country’s tax net has to be expanded.
According to the government, the electronic transaction fee collected would be used to fund entrepreneurship, youth employment, security, and digital and road infrastructure.
However, a segment of the population has urged for the 1.75 percent tax to be reduced. Others have objected to the levy’s implementation. The administration, on the other hand, is dead set on enacting the tax, thus the town hall gatherings.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dickson Adomako Kissi, Member of Parliament for Anyaa Sowutuom, has stated that the Finance Ministry is contemplating further lowering the present rate of the Electronic Transaction Levy (e-levy).