President Akufo-Addo launches 7-year Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies
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The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the vision of his government is to create an optimistic self-confident and prosperous nation.


President Akufo-Addo said he believed such an optimistic self-confident and prosperous nation would be achieved through the creation and exploitation of the country’s human and natural resources and operating within a democratic, open and fair society in which mutual trust and economic opportunities existed for all.


He said the vision was informed by the need to establish a strong economy that created opportunities, inspired people to start businesses; expand ongoing businesses which would lead to the creation of jobs for all to help increase growth and higher income, adding that he was committed to investing in people by improving access to quality education, healthcare and affordable housing.


The President was speaking at the launch of a 7-year Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies in Accra on Wednesday.


President Akufo-Addo said the Co-ordinated Programme for Economic and Social Development Policies titled: Agenda for jobs: creating prosperity and equal opportunity for all was founded on five pillars of growth and development, namely revitalizing the economy; transforming agriculture and industry; revamping economic and social infrastructure; strengthening social protection and inclusion; and reforming delivery system of public services institutions.


Under the programme, he said, there would be an integrated social policy regime to address the demands of the growing population, urbanization and social infrastructure needs while appropriate policies for social protection and inclusion would be sustainable to address the needs of the venerable, including specific investments in rural, coastal, zongo and inner city communities


He said the policy required all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to prepare their respective medium-term development strategies and plans in response to, and for implementing the policies under the agenda.


In a statement, the Minister for Planning, Prof. George Gyan-Baffour, explained that the Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies captured the divergent aspirations of Ghanaians into a formidable shared vision that would be translated into plans, policies, programmes and actions to be pursued in all regions, districts and in all sectors of the society.


Prof. Gyan-Baffour said the programme offered a comprehensive diagnosis and analysis of the country’s socio-economic challenges and presented new approaches to addressing them, with specific interventions and programmes.


He said the Programme gave a clear sense of direction to the country on the development chart that the President wanted the country to follow and would serve as the basis for economic and social mobilization, as well as guidance for future government budgets.


The Planning Minister said the pursuit of the vision and the implementation of the plans, programmes and activities that would derive from the vision, would, however, require the cultivation of a new planning culture which captured not only the views of stakeholders but also recognized their roles and created space for the active participation and ownership of the plans by the private sector, civil society and the people.


Source: ISD (Faith Junko Edison& Nana Ama Bonnah)