CONCLUSIONS AND THE WAY FORWARD

In conclusion, the NPP, while in opposition, made several promises in its 2016 Manifesto and, on coming into office in January, 2017, the government repeated most of these promises and assured Ghanaians of its commitment to execute them. In general, a number of promises have been delivered while others have either been delivered or not touched at all. The reduction of the corporate (and, by implication, marginal) tax rate from 25% to 20% has been put on hold while the enactment of the Fiscal Responsibility Law, which is supposed to pave the way for the establishment of the Fiscal Council and Financial Stability Council has not yet been brought before Parliament. Also, the election of MMDCEs has been put on hold while the fight against corruption is not satisfactory so far. However, it is clear that some of the promises have been executed, the most prominent ones being the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor and the reduction of taxes.

 

The government has two and half years to end its first term in office and it is important that CSOs monitor the fulfilment of these promises and hold the government accountable to deliver on the them of the promises. This is the purpose of this project and the GACC intends to continue with this exercise for the next two years. It is hoped that the NPP government will accept the Report in good faith and work to honour all its promises as it prepares towards election in 2020. The opportunity is ripe for this as the political parties will soon start campaigning for the 2020 general elections. Politicians must be made to honour the promises they make which make them win power.

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