The ESPA in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Deutsche Gessellsch aft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) held one-day stakeholders consultative workshop on the 21st of July 2018 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. This workshop forms part of the post advocacy action of ESPA with support from, Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) fund on the Sustainable Financing Of National Waste Management In Ghana.
Mr. Nicholas Gebare fund manager of BUSAC in his remarks commended the inter-ministerial working committee for the progress made so far with the policy, he also reiterated BUSAC’s support to ESPA in diverse means through the BUSAC Fund.
The deafening silence of the 2017 National Budget Statement on the introduction of the Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy (EFRP) that was agreed upon by ESPA and the previous Government to form a separate budget line in the 2017 National Budget has dealt a very severe blow to members of the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) who were very hopeful the introduction of the EFRP would have marked the beginning of the end of the perennial problem of waste management financing in Ghana.
The birth of the Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR) Policy stemmed from current developments in taxation that are shifting focus from conventional taxation to emphasis on green taxation
This policy is to facilitate economic growth, build a climate resilient society, promote green technologies and innovation, low-carbon development, sustainable consumption and production, and practices that lead to the sustainable use of natural resources.
The Environmental Fiscal Reform Policy (EFRP) is focused on seven thematic areas; cross-sectoral which involves the Ghana Environmental Fiscal Reform (EFR) Commission and the Ghana Green Fund, Waste Management, Forestry, Mining, Transport, Energy and Industrial Players.
The workshop afforded stakeholders the opportunity to make recommendations and input into the policy. As part of the recommendations, stakeholders identified the need to harmonize the role of the informal sector in this new tax regime. There was also the need to inculcate behavioral change as one of the key thematic areas of focus. Stakeholders gathered highlighted the need to review the tax regime in the policy for E-Waste and Plastic Waste.
The meeting brought to light the need for the proposed EFR Commission set up to manage the green fund to be devoid of any political interference as much as possible. It was established that this will attract international funding from donors and development partners.
Stakeholders in attendance included Ministry of Education, EPA, Forestry Commission, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, World Bank, UNEP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Private Enterprise Foundation and Ministry of Environment Science and Technology.
The ESPA believe the introduction of the EFRP will improve the financial liquidity status of waste contractors in the country. Consequently, this will ensure efficient and uninterrupted waste collection and management. This policy will also eliminate the frequent impasse between waste collectors and responsible Local Government Agencies. Lastly, the policy will help to save the District Assemblies Common Fund from the burden of waste management financing.