ISODEC pickets at Finance Ministry

The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) has urged African governments to increase their participation and implementation of internationally agreed resolutions to effect social changes in the lives of the citizenry.

It also demanded that the government of Ghana, led by the Finance Minister attends the third Financing for Development Conference slated for Addis Ababa, later this year, and impress on his colleague leaders to step up their commitment to international development and aid financing.

The full participation of the African leadership in such conferences, which have a long lasting effect on the livelihood of the people, must not be understated,” the ISODEC said.

Addressing the media after picketing at the forefront of the Finance Ministry in Accra yesterday, the Policy Analyst at the Centre, Bernard Anaba, said it was time civil society organisations were considered in inputs that governments present as the position of the larger population in global issues.

The action was to launch its ‘Civil Society Organisations’ Action 2015’ campaign to demand “economic justice” referring to the current global system as not being favourable to the welfare of the poor in society.

In a seven-point communiqué issued, ISODEC demanded that government increased its commitment and prioritise funding essential public services like schools and hospitals and ensure that investments were low carbon in attempts to minimise the threat of climate change.

It also want multinationals to be “made to pay their fair share of taxes while working with governments to end tax havens and illicit financial flows from Africa”.

Upholding transparency in governance where governments open up their books to the public, would deepen democratic processes for the benefit of all sects of the populace.

According to Mr. Anaba, Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) were not good for African countries because of their profit-oriented nature where investors looked forward to recuperate what they had invested and their profit.

He said the African continent loses 50 billion dollars annually and would continue to lose even more if tax systems were not changed to include everyone.

The picketing, Mr. Anaba said, was a replica of what was going on in other African countries at the same time in order to call the attention of its leaders to the importance of public inputs in such “sensitive” agreements.

By Julius Yao Petetsi &
Tryphena Yeboah

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