GHANA COCOA BOARD AMENDMENT BILL 2017 PASSED

08-10-2020



Parliament today passed the Ghana Cocoa Board Amendment Bill. The object of the Bill is to amend the Ghana Cocoa Board Act, 1984 (P.N.D.C.L 81) to provide a new interpretation for "Minister.” Section 39 of the Ghana Cocoa Board Act, 1984 (PN.D.CL. 81) provides that the Minister responsible for matters referred to in P.N.D.CL. 81 is the Minister responsible for Trade.



However, in view of the fact that the functions of the Ghana Cocoa Board are properly placed within the agriculture sector, it is considered necessary for the Minister responsible for Agriculture to have oversight responsibility for the Ghana Cocoa Board and related matters pertaining to the production of cocoa as an agricultural product.



The Bill therefore seeks to amend the definition for "Minister" by amending section 39, to place oversight responsibilities for the Ghana Cocoa Board within the mandate of the Minister responsible for Agriculture, rather than the Minister responsible for Trade.



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