MOI launches 5th National Policy Summit

Nana Amma Dokua, (left) launching the summit

Nana Amma Dokua, (left) launching the summit

The Ministry of Information yesterday launched the Fifth National Policy Summit (NPS) with a call on Ghanaians to show interest in outcomes of the summit.

Scheduled to take place from December 9 to 10, the summit would take place in the Western Regional Capital, Takoradi.

It is on the theme “Improving Performance in State Owned Enterprises and Agencies” and would be held under the distinguished patronage of the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo.

Performing the launch, the Deputy Minister of Information, Nana Ama Dokua Asiama-Adjei said the summit would comprise eight parallel sessions and each would be addressed by chief executives and heads of selected state organisations.

She said the organisations would include; the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Accra Digital Centre (ADC), State Housing Corporation (SHC), Ghana Free Zones Board (GFZB), Microfinance and Small Scale Loans Centre (MASLOC), Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), National Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan (NEIP) and the Committee on Illegal Mining.

Nana Asiamah-Adjei said like the other summits, the fifth one would be aligned to the coordinated programme of Economic and Social Development Policies.

She noted that government recognised the fact that information sharing was critical in creating awareness, promoting transparency, participation and decision making among the citizenry at all levels.

In line with this, the NPS was instituted to act as a platform for policy makers, businesses and civil society to engage and dialogue on how to work together to achieve the economic and development objectives of the country.

The Deputy Minister said apart from these, it was also intended to promote social accountability in the public policy cycle, mainstream development communication in the public sector and improve transparency and public access to information.

She said the topics to be discussed under the fifth summit would include: “Making the best of Ghana’s oil- the role of GNPC”, “Supportring Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Ghana”, “Bridging the housing deficit- the role of SHC” and “The role of credit in boosting small scale businesses”.

The other topics would include: “The role of Free Zones Board in boosting export”, “Safeguarding the health of consumers through improved regulatory activities”, “Promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in Ghana to enhance job creation” and “Protecting our natural resources through an improved regulatory regime.”

By Cliff Ekuful

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