Peace, security key to good governance — Antwi Danso

Dr. Danso

Dr. Danso

Dr Vladimir Antwi Danso, the Director of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, has observed that peace, security and good governance systems were key to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

He called on government to minimise the issues of insecurity and bring out effective governance structures into the implementation process.

Dr Danso was speaking at a high-level dialogue on awareness and implementation of the SDGs in Ghana.

It was on the theme: ‘Achieving the SDGs innovating, monitoring and partnering for the implementation of the SDGs in Ghana.’

Dr Danso urged the government to re-craft some of the SDGs into creativity messages to be shown on televisions to educate the public on the goals to replace the telenovelas.

Nana Osei Bonsu, the Executive Director, Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), said government needed to have the political will and commitment to implement the SDGs.

He noted that there should be a planning mechanism to address some of the challenges to achieve the SDGs in developing the economy.

“The SDGs required the involvement of everybody including the private sector, CSOs and the citizenry in its implementation process,” he stressed.

He said the private sector was looking for opportunity to collaborate with others to promote the implementation of the SDGs.

Dr Felix Addo-Yobo, of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), underscored the importance of data which was one of the challenges the country is facing to plan for development.

“The NDPC is working with the Ghana Statistical Services to develop a data collection mechanism to enable them to get data for development,” he noted.

He called on all to put their hands on board to help and support in the implementation of the SDGs.

Mr Michael Ayensu, Director, External Resource Mobilisation-Multilateral of the Ministry of Finance commended the organisers of the programme to deliberate on the implementation of the SDGs.

He hinted that the ministry intended to broaden the tax net to include more taxpayers to mobilise more revenue for development.

Mr Ayensu stressed government’s determination and commitment to map up the SDGs with policies and programmes in the next budget for consideration towards their implementation.

Madam Christine Evan-Klock, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to Ghana, noted that government’s commitment was needed to work together with stakeholders to address the challenges and to ensure the smooth implementation of the SDGs.

She observed that Ghana had a chance in achieving and implementing the goals and called on the citizenry to own them. -GNA

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