In an interview with the BBC, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo justified the e-levy bill passed by parliament by saying it was aimed at taxing the industry and not the poor.
Parliament in Ghana on March 29, 2022, approved the e-levy bill, after the minority staged a walkout.
President Akufo-Addo said the government’s strategies will offer the country the chance to recover from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The world is going through very difficult times. Ghana is no exception, Nigeria is no exception. There is no country in the world that has escaped the ravages of COVID-19. What you need to look at is the elements being put on the ground that looks beyond the Russia Ukraine war,” he said.
The President expressed confidence that Ghana will emerge stronger and better from this phase of economic difficulties.
“In Ghana, the recovery programme we have is very credible and that is what is going to give us the opportunity to come out of this period a stronger economy, and it is that future we are looking at. The digital economy is emerging as the biggest economy in the country and for a long period, it has not had any tax at all, so it is important that it also comes into the net,” he stressed.