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May 21, 2012

UK to support Ghana’s budget


Mr. Andrew Mitchell, UK International Development Secretary, says a new programme of general budget support, will provide up to GH¢165 million (£60 million), in grants to Ghana

He pointed out that under the facility, Ghana for the next four years will directly receive the grants in the national budget. 
Mr. Mitchell made this known in a press release, issued by Ms Patience Folley, Communications Officer, British High Commission in Accra, noting that the programme has been arranged in order to boost government’s continuing efforts to deliver Health, Education, Water and other services to all Ghanaians, as well as facilitate investment by the private sector to create jobs, and improve the effectiveness and accountability of government operations through improved public financial management.
According to the release, the new general budget support programme is part of the wider UK programme of assistance to Ghana, the plans for which were published last year.
The first payment under the new general budget support programme was made last month, together with contributions earmarked for the health and education sectors.

The UK has provided a total of almost GH¢100 million in budget support grants to Ghana in the first quarter of this year. 
In addition to GH¢34 million provided as the first tranche of general budget support to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, GH¢41 million has been provided directly to the Ministry of Education, focusing on key priorities such as increasing the number of trained teachers, providing textbooks for children, and increasing the number of girls attending school, and GH¢22 million has been provided to the Ministry of Health to help, tackle issues around reproductive health.

Source: ISD