DDEP: Ofori-Atta to appear before parliament today

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The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is expected to appear before Parliament over the controversial Debt Exchange Programme (DDE) today, Thursday, February 16, 2023.

The Minister will be briefing the House on the exercise.

The Minister was summoned by the Speaker of Parliament after the Member of Parliament for North Tongu addressed the issue in the chamber.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was concerned because pensioner bondholders were picketing at the Finance Ministry for an exemption from the programme.

In presenting the business statement of Parliament on Friday, Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin stated that the Minister must appear before Parliament to answer questions brought by constituents of members of the House.

“Mr. Speaker, on the issue of the DDEP, pursuant to your directive, we engaged the Finance Minister, and we have his assurance to be here on Thursday, February 16, 2023,” Afenyo-Markin said.

Following its announcement, the DDE was met with vehement opposition from many organisations and people.

However, after the exercise was completed, the Ministry of Finance stated that it had met 85% of the target.

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