National Policy Summit to be held in K’si July 23 – 24

This year’s National Policy Summit (NPS) on the economy is slated for July 23 and 24 in Kumasi.

 

Organised by the Ministry of Information, the event which provides the platform for deliberations on issues affecting the economy, will be on the theme “Assessing the Growth and Jobs Agenda”.

 

The NPS comes on the back of the mid-year review of government’s economic policies.

 

Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said these when he announced this year’s NPS in Accra yesterday.

 

The NPS was instituted in 2017 by the Ministry of Information in line with its mandate to disseminate information on government policies and programmes to the citizenry and also gather feedback from the citizenry for policy review and refinement.

 

According to the Ministry, the NPS was designed to afford citizens, civil society groups, the business community and government an opportunity to engage on the policies and programmes of the administration.

 

Mr Oppong Nkrumah explained that as a measure to solicit inputs from all stakeholders spread across the country, the NPS would be held in other regional capitals and not only in Accra, hence the decision to host the 2018 edition in Kumasi.

 

He said the event was to afford key economic sector Ministries an opportunity to engage on how well their programmes have fared for the first half of the year.

 

To ensure effective implementation, he noted that stakeholders would also get the opportunity to make valuable inputs into the policies and programmes for the second half of the year.

 

This year’s event, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said would have on board corporate sponsors who have expressed interest in coming on board as stakeholders, who would not only engage with government but work with other stakeholders as well to build a tripartite relationship in meeting Ghana’s development goals.

 

Encouraging other private sector players to get involved and share in the opportunities provided by the summit, he said continued engagement to interrogate and make inputs in policies would strengthen government’s work to meet its obligations.

 

The Minister noted that last year’s summit, which was on the economy and trade, were highly patronised and allowed for major input into policies of the respective ministries.

 

The level of participation and the quality of policy feedback, he said provided proof that Ghanaians were eager to contribute ideas to shape and drive the country’s development.                                          By Claude Nyarko Adams

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