The Government of Ghana is set to hold a three-day cabinet retreat led by the president to examine the data gathered on COVID-19 impact across all sectors of the economy and proffer solutions.
This was announced by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at the usual COVID-19 press briefing in Accra today. The meeting is expected to start later today.
According to the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah the president has instructed all ministers to report on the COVID-19 impact on their sectors at the meeting and proffer recommendations.
“At a cabinet retreat that is starting later today and will go on for the next three days, the government of Ghana will examine the observed impact, the recommendation that are being made, the implications and commence preparations for laying same before parliament during the mid-year review,” he said.
He added that after about eight weeks of the pandemic in Ghana and as we inch closer to mid-year, the government of Ghana has actual data on Covid-19 and its real impact across various sectors – education, health, trade, the economy and etc.
“In addition, the retreat will give the government the opportunity to put together information for the 2020 mid-year budget review,” he said.
Measures taken to mitigate the impact
Since the outbreak of the virus, the president has put several measures in place to reduce the impact of the virus on the citizens.
Some of the measures include the government absorbing water bills for three months for all Ghanaians, free electricity for three months for lifeline consumers and 50% discount for non-lifeline consumers, the announcement of 600million Ghana cedis among others.
It would be recalled that from the onset of the pandemic the Minister responsible for Finance, the Honourable Ken Ofori-Atta briefed the nation through parliament on the projected economic impact of the pandemic and measures that the government was projecting to take to mitigate the impact.
Coronavirus Case in Ghana
Currently, Ghana has recorded 3,091 cases with 303 recoveries and 18 deaths with a total of 137, 924 tests.