The Academia is very crucial in the long term development plan of the country and must be involved as they contribute towards human capital formation which is an essential part of development, Dr. Isaac Mensa-Bonsu, Director for Plan Coordination at the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has said.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times at NDPC’s consultation with the Academia, Civil Society and other groups to share ideas on the country’s 40-year development, in Accra on Tuesday, he said “because human capital is critical in meeting the development plans of the country as far as implementation is concerned, it is important to engage the academia.”
“We need the skills and knowledge by people and the actual human resources to drive the development plan of the nation. The Academia would share their views on training and education as well as recommendations regarding the way forward,” he stressed.
He added that those in tertiary are involved in research and would contribute knowledge and information towards the implementation of the long term plan while civil society would also assist with evidence-based decisions.
The event, he said, formed part of the rolling out of the Long-Term National Development Plan, and believed it was necessary to engage all stakeholders so as to enhance the chances of success in the implementation process.
“We are currently in consultations with academia, research institutions and think tanks, civil society organisations and similar groups to get their views on the present and future development of Ghana,” he stated.
The target areas, he said, focus on economic, social, education, governance and Ghana’s role in the international community.
About 200 academicians and representatives of educational and civil society institutions, participated in the forum.
By Michael Abayateye