The Parliamentary Appointments Committee will on Thursday March 25,2021 host the Minister-designate for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta.
Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta was supposed to have been vetted on March 8, 2021.
His vetting was postponed due to some post COVID-19 recovery complications he suffered.
Upon advise from his doctors, he traveled to the United States for a specialized treatment.
Mr. Ofori-Atta left the shores of the country on February 14, 2021 and spent about thirty (30) days at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA, where he received specialized treatment for post COVID-19 complications.
In his absence, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the caretaker Finance Minister presented the 2021 budget and economic policy to Parliament.
The budget received Parliamentary approval on March 19, 2021 by a majority vote of 137 as against 134.
All of President Akufo-Addo’s substantive Ministers of State and Regional Ministers have been vetted by Parliament’s Appointment Committee and have subsequently been sworn into office by the President with the exception of the Finance Minister-designate, Ken Ofori-Atta, due to his ill-health which took him away from the country.
Among issues that may dominate his vetting are the banking sector clean-up that took place during the first term administration of President Akufo-Addo under his watch as Finance Minister, as well as matters surrounding the “Agyapa Gold Royalties Deal”, a policy of the Akufo-Addo government that became heavily politicized last year prior to the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.