NDPC Introduces National Monthly Forum

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has initiated a monthly National Development Forums to engage the public on national development issues.


The maiden edition will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in Accra under the theme: “Ghana@ 100, An Agenda towards a Solidly Developed Nation.”


The forums will focus mainly on public discourse, devoid of sensationalism and partisan politics with experts and practitioners from public and private organisations and other representatives from the academia, research community and policy analysts, civil society organisations, trade and professional associations, deployment partners and the general public.


Addressing the Media in Accra, Prof. Stephen Adei, and Chairman of NDPC said the monthly forum is aimed at topical national issues about the economy, social development, spatial planning, infrastructure development, environment and governance.


According to him, without a broad-based national ownership of a development agenda that cuts across partisan divisions and national interest, it would be difficult to achieve a sustainable development over a long-term period.


“There is the need to foster a collective sense of urgency and political commitment to meaningfully engage citizens around a common national development agenda; provide an ideal destination towards which the nation must work purposefully and mobilise citizens and financial resources on a scale that might otherwise not be possible,” he said.


“We must seek unity in purpose and on principles and values that are consistent with the upper, middle and high-income nation”, he added.


Prof. Adei said NDPC would ensure continues engagement with the public and generate feedback for the policy process, adding that the commission would share information on developmental issues and build consensus around broad base national aspirations and priorities.


Proceedings of the forum will be turned into policy briefs, and published in a forthcoming National Development Monitor and uploaded onto the NDPC website with links to partner websites.


Source: ISD (Solace Esi Amankwa)


Created: 24 May 2019
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