Establish Independent Parliamentary Budget Office to monitor monetary, fiscal systems – IEA
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called for the establishment of an Independent Parliamentary Budget Office to monitor Ghana’s monetary and fiscal systems.
This, the institute say will ensure a stricter monetary and fiscal management systems to transform the economy.
Addressing a group of Civil Society Organizations, Director of Research, Dr. John Kwakye said a parliamentary budget office is necessary in assessing and estimating the cost of government projects and programmes.
Dr. Kwakye explained that a parliamentary budget office will be different from the current Fiscal Council in the country.
He pointed out that the parliamentary budget office will be made up of independent professionals
“We are calling for the establishment of an independent parliamentary budget office, that’s what is normally called a fiscal council. In the US they have a conventional budget office. In the UK, they have office of budget responsibility and others have the fiscal councils. The idea of a parliamentary budget office is that, it is marked by independent professionals”, he stressed.
To ensure the independence of the office, Dr. Kwakye stated that the members of the office will not be appointed by the executive to insulate them from any influence.
This, he maintained will enable the office discharge its duties, enforcing the rules to avert a situation where government is forced to overspend or over borrow.
He stated that one of the key requirements that will enforce the professionalism of the office and enhance its independence is the attachment to parliament.
“The people in the office will not be appointed by the president and they will work with parliament. They will assist parliament in carrying out its oversight role, they should be independent professionals appointed by the public services commission not the president”.