Kwame Pianim predicts bright prospects in democratic dispensation

Kwame Pianim, an Economist, does not want the nation’s relatively young democratic dispensation to be used as an excuse for her lack of growth and development.

“When you are younger, you run faster,” he said during a discussion on the prospects for the country in the next four years.

Mr Pianim observed that “Ghana has been independent for almost 64 years while having 28 years of sustained democracy which pales in comparison to seasoned democracies like the United States of America but the leadership potential in those countries is no different from the potential of our country.

“We were in the same universities as the people running America and Europe, and we were not at the bottom of the class,” he touted and cited China as an example saying “she had used under 40 years to become a world superpower.

“Between 1978 and now, China has grown to become the second-largest economy in the world and soon maybe the largest, and they have become a global superpower and because of this, for Ghana as a country, we don’t have time to waste.

“The need to quicken the pace of growth and development has become more important because of the growing youthful population which is becoming increasingly more educated because of policies like free Senior High School education, programmes and social interventions.

“Either we have jobs for them that are creative and pay them well, and they are adding value to our natural resources, or they are unemployed after free secondary education, and they become educated thieves and mobsters on our streets,” Mr Pianim warned. –

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