Workshop on medium-term devt framework ends in Kumasi

Pro. George Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning (3)

Pro. George Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning (3)

A workshop on the Coordinated Programme of the Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP) 2017- 2024 has ended in Kumasi with a clarion call on all Ghanaians to contribute to the successful implementation of the programme.

Addressing participants, the Minister for Planning, Professor George Gyan-Baffour, said government was conscious that the achievement of the vision would be determined by the active participation, engagement and appreciation of all stakeholders.

He said the Ministry of Planning which is in charge of the implementation of the economic and social development policies was prepared to partner Civil Society Organisations (CSO), private sector, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, as well as other government agencies for successful implementation of the medium-term development framework.

The workshop was to disseminate, educate and provide information on the objectives of the CPESDP to the participants.

According to Prof. Gyan-Baffour, the coordinated programme which was in fulfillment of Article 36, Clause 5 of the 1992 Constitution requires that, the President within two years after assuming office shall present to Parliament a CPESDP, including agriculture and industrial programmes at all levels across the country.

He said the documented policy was to guide the government in the management of the country with the aim of creating jobs for prosperity and equal opportunity for all.

Prof. Gyan-Baffour indicated that, the overall vision set for CPESDP was to have an “optimistic, self-confident and prosperous country” through the creative exploitation of the human and natural resources in a democratic, open and fair society in which mutual trust and economic opportunities exist for all.

The representative of Local Government Network, a civil society organisation in Ghana on the platform of the Sustainable Development Goals, Nana Akoma Yeboa, lauded the government for the implementation of the CPESDP saying “this is in the context of good governance.”

He said the role of CSOs as watchdogs, was to collaborate, complement and support the government and its agencies for successful governance in the interest of the public.

Nana Yeboa assured the government of the support of CSOs for the successful implementation of the CPESDP.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE, KUMASI

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