OFFICIALS of the National Development Planning Commissison (NDPC) yesterday paid separate courtesy calls on former President Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor to brief them on the long term national development policy framework for the country.
The delegation, led by the Director- General of the NDPC, Dr Nii Mio Thompson, took the opportunity to invite the former leaders to the launch of the document on August 4.
Actual implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the long term policy framework will commence in 2018, after a broad national stakeholders consultation to fine tune the document to make it stand the test of time.
The 40-year national development agenda (2018-2057), will become the national development policy framework that will guide the country’s development effort and transcends different political administrations.
Government in power, will prepare and implement their medium term development programmes from the long term policy framework.
The government is currently implementing the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda II, 2014-2017, which is the fifth in the series of medium term national development policy framework prepared over the past two decades.
The GSGDA II is the operational framework of the President’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Policies, 201-2020-An agenda for transformation, which was submitted to Parliament on December 2014 in fulfillment of Article 36, Section 5 of the 1992 Constitution, which requires him to present such a programme within two years of being in power.
Dr Thompson told the two past leaders that the country was challenged in its development planning because of the absence of a long term national development planning framework, adding that some projects had collapsed due to lack of continuity by successive governments.
The meeting with President Rawlings at his house was closed to the media.
At the meeting with former President Kufuor, Dr Esther Ofei-Aboagye, the co-Chair of the NDPC, praised the efforts of the former President on climate change, adding that the NDPC would require his input in the document.
Former President Kufuor praised the NDPC for drafting a long term development policy framework for the country and urged the officials to carry out broad consultation, including the flagbearers of the various political parties to finalise the document.
Among the delegation was Professor David Millar, immediate past Pro -Vice Chancellor of the University for Development Studies, a commissioner of the NDPC.
The country has since independence been implementing a number of development agenda and the tendency has been that former successive government to discontinue the development plans of the past governments, practice development analyst said had stalled the country’s comprehensive development of the country.
Among the past development policy framework was the seven-year development plan of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah that set the tone for the socio-economic development of the country, after the country gained independence in 1957 from the British colonial administration.
Successive governments also came out with different development policy framework, notably among them were: the Operation Feed Yourself policy of the Akyeampong regime, the Structural Adjustment Programme by the Provisional National Defence Council, the Vision 2020 by the National Democratic Congress.
Others were the HIPC-driven Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper one and two implemented by the Kufuor administration between 2001-2008, and now the GSGDA II, a build up of the GSGDA 1.
By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman