The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has, in recent times, embarked on a series of consultations with various groups to fashion out a development framework to guide successive governments.

The meetings, according to the NDPC, were a prelude to the launch of a 40-year development framework expected to succeed the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda 2014 – 2017.

So far, the NDPC has interacted with the various political parties, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions, to collate views on the development framework dubbed “Free, just and prosperous economy”.

Reports so far, received by the Times indicate that the various groups had been unanimous in their views that Ghana needs a long-term national development framework.

The Times is particularly, delighted that the largest opposition party that considers itself as a government-in-waiting has backed the idea.

According to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the idea for a long-term national development framework for the country, was laudable, but should be backed by “fiscal discipline” to avoid abuse of expenditure during election years.

It also stressed on the need for legislation to ensure that it is guided by fiscal discipline, effective implementation of plans and programmes to be pursued under the framework to achieve the desired results of tackling corruption.

We are gratified that there seems to be a consensus on the need to have a development framework that will guide all governments, regardless of their individual manifestoes.

As a country, we have not cultivated the culture of unity among the people, and have disagreed on all aspects of our developmental goals.

This has resulted in every government pursuing its own development programme that did not fit into the overall development agenda of the country. These have affected the country in so many ways.

We are convinced that the 40-year development framework, if accepted by all stakeholders, would ensure that any party in power would work towards attaining the goals set in the long-term development framework.

While commending the NDPC for initiating such a progressive consultative framework, we urge it to push for a legislation to make it mandatory for all governments to uphold the development agenda. In so doing we would be certain that this country can develop a free, just and prosperous economy.

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