NDPC lauds response to dev. plan

TATThe National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), says it is “overwhelmed” by the response of Ghanaians to the search for a long term national development framework for the country.

The Director-General of the NDPC, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, who made the remark yesterday after a closed door meeting with the Technical Advisory Team (TAT), said the responses had exceeded the expectations of the commission.

The TAT, made up of eminent Ghanaian professionals from home and abroad, is to provide professional advice to the commission on the structures and preparation of the long term national development plan.

President John Mahama, on August 4, launched a process for a search for a 40–year national development framework to serve as the guide for successive governments to implement their policies and plans based on their manifestos.

It was in fulfillment of the commission’s mandate and in response to the recommendations of the Constitutional Review commission as well as public calls from professional groups and civil society.

Consequently, the commission has embarked on broad national consultation meetings with the grassroots and other indefinable groups seeking their views on what should be incorporated into the framework for the country to achieve its vision of a prosperous society.

Dr Thompson said the commission would resume its regional consultations this week with a stop in the Upper East Region, after consultations in the Ashanti Region, to seek the views of the people on their expectations.

The Director- General said a national reference group involving personalities with diverse backgrounds had been put in place to give guidance to the process of formulating the national development framework that would span from 2018-2057, when Ghana would attain 100 years of independence.

The TAT’s function is to advise on the draft outline, content of the long-term plan and review and advise on draft reports prepared by the plan preparation team.

It will also offer any professional advice the team would deem necessary for ensuring that the processes and outputs in the preparation of the framework are professionally acceptable and of the highest standards.

Members of the TAT are Prof. E.K.A Tamakloe formerly of KNUST, Prof. George Djan-Baffuor former DG, NDPC, now Member of Parliament for Wench; Prof Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana, Prof Seth Appiah-Opoku, USA;, Dr. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, University of Technology Sydney, Australia   and Dr S.S. Yirenkyi (GIP).

The rest are Mr. Charles Amoatey (GIMPA), Dr. Callistus Mahama Local Government Service, Mr. Albert Osei formerly of the World Bank, two representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the D-G of the NDPC, and designated NDPC technical support staff.

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman  

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