Mr Speaker, I beg to move, that this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Finance Committee on the Request for waiver of Import Duties, Import VAT, Import NHIL/GETFund Levy, AU Levy, ECOWAS Levy, EXIM Levy, Special Import Levy amounting to the Ghana cedi equivalent of five
million, nine hundred and eighty-three thousand, five hundred and forty dollars and ninety-seven cents (US$5,983,540.97) on the purchase of equipment and materials for the completion of the University of Ghana Medical Hospital -- Phase 2 under a Turnkey Project involving expansion works at the University of Ghana Medical Centre.
In so doing, I present your Committee's Report.
The request for the waiver of Import Duties, Import VAT, Import NHIL/ GETFUND Levy, AU Levy, ECOWAS Levy, EXIM Levy and Special Import Levy amounting to the Ghana cedi equivalent of US$5,983,540.97 on the purchase of equipment and materials for the completion of the University of Ghana Medical Hospital - Phase 2 under a Turnkey Project involving expansion works at the University of Ghana Medical Centre was presented to the House on Thursday, 24th October, 2019 by the Majority Leader and Minister responsible for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah- Bonsu on behalf of the Minster for Finance.
Rt Hon Speaker referred the request to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.
The Committee met with the Deputy Minister for Finance, Hon Kwaku Kwarteng, the Deputy Minister for Health, Hon Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban and officials from the Ministry of the Finance, the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Revenue Authority and the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC) and considered the request.
2.0 Documents Referred To
The Committee referred to the following documents during its deliberations:
The 1992 Constitution of Ghana;
The Public Financial Manage- ment Act, 2016 (Act 921);
The Standing Orders of the Parliament of Ghana; and
The Commercial Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (Ministry of Health) and Engineering Development Consultant (EDC) Ltd for an amount of €40,500,000.00 to finance the completion of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (Phase II)
Cabinet approved the construction of the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMC) project in 2012. The project was for the construction and equipping of a six hundred and seventeen (617) bed capacity teaching and quaternary level hospital located within the University of Ghana, Legon. A commercial contract was signed between the Government of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Health and Messrs. Engineering Development Consultant (EDC) Limited of Israel.
The object of the project was to establish a state-of-the-art training facility for medical education that would facilitate the relocation and accommodation of all institutions of the College of Health Sciences to the University of Ghana, Legon Campus and to serve as a nerve centre of the proposed medical village.
The Centre would be a first-class referral hospital and would operate at a specialised level to attract clientele beyond the borders of Ghana and to take advantage of the specialties offered in the country.
A further objective is for the Medical Centre, when fully completed, to serve as a Centre for super tertiary care and specialties and